Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America

Front Cover, Limited, Mar 1, 2011 - 436 pages
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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 funding-all 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.

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User Review  - schraubd - LibraryThing

MASSIVELY hackish. This is the sort of book I label "anti-persuasive", as in, books whose arguments are so bad that they make me more hostile to the author's position than I was when I started. As ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Cheeseman - Goodreads

An interesting book with great historical perspective on controversial legal topics. Some people don't like slant with their journalistic non-fiction, and I would not recommend this book to them. I ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Walter Olson is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to "Reason" magazine. He is author of the widely acclaimed "The Litigation Explosion: What Happened When America Unleashed the Lawsuit.

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