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Some insightful, interesting parts, but definitely not the essential pre-law classic I was expecting. Llewellyn to incoming law school students. These lectures were originally given at Columbia Law School in and ,. The lectures have been in print more or less continuously since then. This edition, , has been, according to its editors slightly tweaked. Exactly what this mean I know not.
The purpose of this book was to direct law students on the philosophy of being a successful law student and on the progression they should The Bramble Bush is a collection of lectures given by Karl N. The purpose of this book was to direct law students on the philosophy of being a successful law student and on the progression they should experience as they become more learned students of the law. Included are some practical thoughts on how the law works and the role of law and lawyers in the larger world.
I am not a lawyer and have little interest in becoming a law student. My purpose in reading this short book pages was to gain insight in how lawyers are taught to think about their profession. Part of what made this older text more interesting to me was that the speaker was addressing the topic before it was painted, or tainted by contemporary politics.
As a member of a general audience rather than the targeted audience, I liked what Professor LLewllyn has to say. The process of immersing yourself in the law and training yourself to conduct exhaustive research is a philosophy that more of us should embrace. The professor was addressing students with no access to even primitive electronic retrieval of cases and court ruling.
Too much of what passes for public discourse in our day of unlimited data retrieval seems to be informed by our emotional response to pre-packaged incomplete data, designed to create that emotional response. That there is research to support this opinion saddens me. Of greater interest to me were Prof.
He indicates that much of what the courts do, and have always done is not driven by a simple reading of enacted legislation. The notion that the more conservative approach is always the exclusive reading of the legislative documents is in fact a rejection of how law is and has been and is designed to function. Llewllyn contends that the fact that a dispute is allowed into a court is because other solutions have failed.
Even today judges will require evidence that the disputants civil cases in particular have exhausted administrative relief and that arbitration has not satisfied the parties.
From this point case law provides the rules to direct the process of the case as well as precedence for deciding this type of case. None of this information is typically or necessarily part of enacted law.
Because this is material intended for a lecture series presentation tends to precede depth. The result is that this book is more accessible to a non-technician. Professor Llewellyn speaks from his positive passion for his profession and from his desire to direct students rather than to assure his students.
I therefore feel that this book can inform a modern reader and have value beyond its intended audience. In its intended purpose, instructions for incoming law students, it may be dated but it seems valuable. As guidance for serious minded thinkers beyond a law school settling , The Bramble Bush still has much to tell.
As the title entails, the book is a collection of lectures given to prospective law school students about studying the law. As they are lectures from and , the language is at times hard to follow, but notes by the editor have cleared up much of the confusing parts. For anyone thinking of attending law school, this book gives good advice.
It seems that Karl Llewellyn was more of a legal realist, which makes for interesting perspectives, I read this book in preparation for law school. It seems that Karl Llewellyn was more of a legal realist, which makes for interesting perspectives, especially given the evolving theories of jurisprudence during the time.
It is at times motivating and inspiring. Although, personally I found it hard to get through because of the language.
The Bramble Bush
And thanks to our antiquated, conservative profession, not much has changed since the s! Its bramle formats feature active contents, linked notes, and even embedded page numbers from the previous, classic print editions—for continuity of assignment and referencing. It is also available in paperback and clothbound formats from Llewelljn Pro, including the annotations and new Introduction by Prof. As they are lectures from andthe language is at times hard to follow, but notes by the editor have cleared up much of the confusing parts. This is no Chamber of Commerce speech of mere platitudes about law practice and the grandeur of the bar. But he was—famously—a realist above all, and this book gets to the nitty gritty about studying law successfully in traditional legal education.
He studied under Arthur Linton Corbin , whose influence on him was profound. He was sympathetic to the German cause and traveled to Germany to enlist in the German army, but his refusal to renounce his American citizenship made him ineligible. After the United States entered the war, Llewellyn attempted to enlist in the United States Army , but was rejected because he had fought on the German side. Llewellyn joined the Columbia Law School faculty in , where he remained until , when he was appointed professor of the University of Chicago Law School. While at Columbia, Llewellyn became one of the major legal scholars of his day. He was a major proponent of legal realism. She went on to become dean of University of Miami School of Law.
The Bramble Bush: The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School