Reassessing the Critical Legal Studies Movement

West, Cornel

Like liberation theologians in seminaries, social medicine proponents in medical schools, radical deconstructionists in university literature departments, and opposition postmodern critics in the arts, critical legal theorists fundamentally question the dominant and usually liberal paradigms prevalent and pervasive
in American culture and society. This thorough questioning is not primarily a constructive attempt to put forward a conception of a new legal and social order. Rather, it is a pronounced disclosure of the inconsistencies, incoherences, silences, and blindness of legal formalists, legal positivists, and legal realists in the liberal tradition. Critical legal studies is more a concerted attack and assault on the legitimacy and authority of pedagogical strategies in law schools than a comprehensive
announcement of what a credible and realizable new society and legal system would look like.



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March 1, 2013