This reading group will examine four classic articles, each representative of a major movement in American Legal Theory:  

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., “The Path of the Law” (Legal Realism);
  • Ronald Coase, “The Problem of Social Cost” (Law & Economics);
  • Duncan Kennedy, “Form and Substance in Private Law Adjudication” (Critical Legal Studies);
  • Catharine MacKinnon, “Feminism, Marxism, Method, and the State” (Feminist Legal Theory).  

All of the readings are available in Kennedy & Fisher, The Canon of American Legal Thought (Princeton Univ. Press, 2006).