Vanderbilt Law Review

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Reviewed by Richard E. Speidel

In this brief review, I have attempted to determine whether this casebook makes the case for installing products liability and safety as an integral part of the law school curriculum. Admittedly, defective products pose an important social and legal problem with which lawyers are deeply involved. The question is, however, whether the casebook is, within the broader framework of contemporary legal education, both professionally relevant and educationally sound to a sufficient degree.

Reviewed by Gene R. Shreve.

This small book by a former dean of the University of Michigan Law School is the most confident statement of the nature and purpose of American legal education to appear since questioning and serious criticism gathered force in the 1970s. Coming after a period of relative disillusionment, Law, Intellect, and Education is valuable for some of the claims it makes in support of legal education. While I find myself in disagreement with many of the author's points, I think the book generally represents an important contribution to the literature on legal education' because it represents the philosophical position of the powerful law school traditionalists, who seldom reduce their views to writing.