Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Presser's "Law Professors"

We don’t believe it’s out in print yet, but you can already download to your Kindle the latest from Northwestern University’s Stephen B. Presser, Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law (West Academic Publishing 2017):
There is no nation in which the teachers of law play a more prominent role than in the United States. In this unique volume Stephen Presser, a law professor for four decades, explains how his colleagues have both furthered and frustrated the American ideals that ours is a government of laws not men, and that our legal system ought to promote justice for all. In a dazzling review of three centuries of teaching about American law, from Blackstone to Barack Obama, Presser shows how these extraordinary men and women shaped not only our law, but also our politics and culture.
Elsewhere Professor Presser writes that the book contains chapters on “the leading law professors and their theories about law, including, among many others, Wilson, Story, Langdell, Holmes, Dworkin, Posner, Sunstein, MacKinnon, Williams, and Glendon.”

Update: Our mistake: Law Professors is in fact in print!

1 comment:

Shag from Brookline said...

Law professors can exist without law schools. Prior to the Civil War, there existed less than a handful of law schools. The law school in Cambridge (now known as Harvard Law School) had 2 or 3 professors at a time prior to the Civil War. Most lawyer training was in law offices. Some early American lawyers were trained in England. As law schools were established following the Civil War, many lawyers continued to be trained in law offices. The prominence of the law professor is more of a 20th century matter. Now via the Internet and its legal blogs the prominence of the law professor has soared, at least in numbers.