Thursday, January 26, 2012
Some time back Marc DeGirolami noted (here) that Lee Strang and I had recently published an article on the history of Catholic law schools in the American Journal of Legal History. We only just last week received a PDF of the article which is entitled The Road Not Taken: Catholic Legal Education at the Middle of the Twentieth Century. The piece is now available on the hyperlink text above and in the column at the right-hand side of the MOJ webpage.
In the article we explore the fact that a serious proposal for the reform of Catholic legal education was made by several prominent Catholic legal academics in the 1930s and 1940s – a proposal that would have made Catholic law schools more distinctively Catholic. Yet the proposal was never adopted in earnest by even one school such that Catholic law schools continued to mimic their non-Catholic and secular peers in ways that were both beneficial and debilitating. In the article we explore the various reasons behind the failure of the reform effort.
This article is part of a larger, book-length project that Lee and I are engaged in – to write a comprehensive history of Catholic legal education in the United States. We will present a draft of the next chapter in the story covering the period from 1960-1990 at the upcoming conference on The Competing Claims of Law and Religion hosted by Pepperdine University School of Law and its Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics, February 23-23, 2012.
We welcome feedback on the project as a whole, and this particular installment of it, from all interested readers.