Those Weren't "The Good Old Days," Just the Old Days: Laura Kalman on Yale Law School in the Sixties (reviewing Laura Kalman, Yale Law School and The Sixties: Revolt And Reverberations (2005))

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Book Review

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Summer 2007


Laura Kalman's Yale Law School and the Sixties (2005) provides a particularly detailed and attractive portrait of the activist students at the school in these years. There is a real risk that nostalgia for the Sixties will cause law students today to be measured by this past time, even though today's students are significantly different in their response to the law school experience. Reasons for this difference can be found by looking at changes in the social meaning of undergraduate education and at the differences in economic circumstances between then and now—the warm and comforting economic circumstances of the Fifties and Sixties versus the unforgiving economic circumstances that students face today.

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Law & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Foundation

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