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I have written earlier in these pages about the expectations-the fears and hopes-that one can appropriately bring to law school. In this paper I speak to those who are immersed in the process of legal education, on one side of the podium or the other, and wish to say something of what I think it is, and can be, all about.


AALS is the copyright holder of the edition of the Journal in which the article first appeared. The contents of these publications may not be reproduced or distributed, in whole or in part, without the express written permission of the AALS. This article was originally published as White, James Boyd. "Doctrine in A Vacuum: Reflections on What a Law School Ought (and Ought Not) to Be." Journal of Legal Education 36 (1986): 155-166.