Monday, January 28, 2008
Policy to Law?
Empirical Legal Studies continues an interesting discussion on whether law schools should be more interdisciplinary, incorporating more social science in particular, and provides a great historical perspective on the debate (while highlighting one of my legal scholar heroes, Edward Levi). After years of watching legal types stumble through or be completely ignorant of the findings and methodological warnings provided by policy analysts, I’ve been a proponent of more public policy perspective in legal training or a legal/policy degree, but not having the perfidious influence of economists, law’s incestuous cousin, more extended. But I’m just an outsider looking in. Maybe the insiders will get more people’s attention in the legal academy, although that historical perspective I mentioned certainly doesn’t give anyone optimism.