Self-help is a largely neglected topic in American legal studies.1 With the exception of a survey by a group of law students published a dozen years ago,2 there appears to be little, if anything, in our legal literature that confronts the subject in a systematic way.3 This is so, at least, if one defines self-help as I do. To me, the term refers to any act of bypassing the formal legal system in order to get what one wants.
Krier, James E. "Capture and Counteraction: Self- Help by Environmental Zealots (Allen Chair Symposium 1996: The Future of Environmental and Land-Use Regulation)." U. Rich. L. Rev. 30, no. 4 (1996): 1039-54.