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Publication Date

2019

Document Type

Symposium

Abstract

(Excerpt)

What does it mean to be a Catholic law school? Where did the idea of Catholic legal education begin, where does it currently stand, and where is it heading? Professors John M. Breen and Lee J. Strang have worked to answer these questions, among many others, in their forthcoming book A Light Unseen: A History of Catholic Legal Education in the United States. In their book, the professors argue persuasively that Catholicism is “a set of ideas” that has informed, sculpted, and birthed numerous social structures, institutions, and teachings. If this is so—if Catholicism is a wide-ranging, far-reaching system of ideas that touches upon nearly all aspects of humanity—it makes sense to imagine that a law school claiming to be Catholic would keep and follow these ideas, the Catholic intellectual tradition, at the core of its existence.

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