Indiana International & Comparative Law Review
The demise of the Soviet bureaucratic state and the rebirth of laissez-faire economics worldwide- as well as the scholarship of people such as Richard Rorty- have created a crisis not only for planning but for theory itself. If it still desirable to think thoroughly about what we see and do?
With regard to the study of law, two of the most powerful world culture provide sharply different answers to this question. Legal education in the United States of America is far less theoretical than it is in European nations. The aim of this paper is two-fold: first to summarize briefly some of the more salient differences between the American "Common Law" educational system and the Romano-Germanic "Civil Law" educational systems, and, second, to offer reasons which can help account for these differences.
Richard Stith, Can Practice Do Without Theory? Differing Answers in Western Legal Education, 4 Indiana Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (1993).