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Introduction

WithMindie Lazarus-Black, Elizabeth Mertz, Meera Deo

A pervasive assumption lingers around legal education in many democratic states. That assumption would have us believe that law schools are neutral settings in which professors use their expertise to train meritorious law students to become lawyers. Those lawyers will in turn take rules and laws, and the technical mode of analysis taught by law schools, and apply these in concrete situations to support a legal system that takes formal law seriously. Over time lawyers, judges, and administrators shape a legal system that treats most people equitably and fairly. The stated principles and rules, then, hold the key to understanding and practicing law.