I’ve been surprised that so little has been written on faith-biased legal education
by weblawgers who might be apprehensive about the idea. We seem to hear only from
accreditation for such schools, I’m very wary about claims that religion-focused law
schools will produce lawyers who are more moral and ethical, or that proper legal
interpretation should look to the Bible first rather than our Constitutions.
My misgivings can be found in the earlier post “religious law schools offer no salvation,”
which was quoted at length yesterday (Dec. 27, 2004) — not by a blawger — but by
Non-lawyer Cline wrote:
“Religion doesn’t make one more moral, so a religion-based legal education
couldn’t be expected to turn out more moral lawyers. It’s also doubtful that
religious traditions necessarily have a great deal to offer when it comes to
a legal education today. In fact, if a religion-based education inspires one
to try to apply religious texts to legal cases rather than just the law, it could
cause more problems. Aren’t religious conservatives the ones who complain
about judicial activism? “
at his A/ABlog.
Why are weblawggers so shy about this topic? One told me he didn’t want to take on
the religious right in public. I hope others will overcome such fears and openly discuss
a topic that may become quite important for the future of our profession and legal system.
As usual, thoughtful discussion pro, con or in between would be welcome. (and, as you
can see, irreverence need not be shunned)
I rely on my little
with our gods out of town
they raise a ruckus…
even the outhouse
has a guardian god…
December 28, 2004
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