For more than one hundred years, Harvard's use of the case method
of appellate opinions dominated legal education. Deploring the
attempt to reduce law to an autonomous system of rules and
principles, the realists at Yale developed a functional approach to
the discipline--one that stressed the factual context of the case
rather than the legal principles it raised, one that attempted to
address issues of social policy by integrating law with the social
Originally published 1986.
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