Schools for Misrule
Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America
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From Barack Obama (Harvard and Chicago) to Bill and Hillary Clinton (Yale), many of our current national leaders emerged from the rarefied air of the nation's top law schools. The ideas taught there in one generation often shape national policy in the next.
The trouble is, Walter Olson reveals in Schools for Misrule, our elite law schools keep churning out ideas that are catastrophically bad for America. From class action lawsuits that promote the right to sue anyone over anything, to court orders mandating the mass release of prison inmates; from the movement for slavery reparations, to court takeovers of school fundingall of these appalling ideas were hatched in legal academia. And the worst is yet to come. A fast-rising movement in law schools demands that sovereignty over U.S. legal disputes be handed over to international law and transnational courts.
It is not by coincidence, Olson argues, that these bad ideas all tend to confer more power on the law schools' own graduates. In the overlawyered society that results, they are the ones who become the real rulers.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Disheartening, But Read It
Law must be about the second oldest profession, and probably the more reviled of the two. The author of this book makes it plain that our most elite law schools, in particular, have cranked out several generations of lawyers ideologically out of step with the rest of the country. It appears they play fast-and-loose in areas of simple morality and even common sense. Well written, broad in scope and even has humor (darkish).