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The Bramble Bush: Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School

ISBN13: 9780195368451
Previous Edition ISBN: 0379000733
Published: April 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £16.49

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With a new introduction and notes by Steve Sheppard

For over seventy years, there has been one book that law students have read to prepare for what they were about to encounter. That book is The Bramble Bush. After all these years and many imitators, The Bramble Bush remains one of the most popular introductions to the law and its study.

Llewellyn introduces students to what the law is, how to read cases, how to prepare for class, and how justice in the real world relates to the law. Although laws change every year, disputes between people haven't altered all that much since Llewellyn first penned The Bramble Bush , and the process of moving from private dispute to legal conflict still follows the patterns he described.

Moreover, the steps of a legal dispute, from arguments to verdict, to opinion, to review, to appeal, to opinion have changed little in their significance or their substance. Cases are still the best tools for exploring the interaction of the law with individual questions, and the essence of what law students must learn to do has persisted. If anything, many of the points Llewellyn argued in these lectures were on the dawning horizon then but are in their mid-day fullness now.


  • This 1930's classic is a thorough and honest representation of what law school is like.
  • Karl Llewellyn takes students inside the classroom by providing factual examples, detailed information, and practical explanations of what law students will encounter on their journey through law school.

Introduction to the Oxford Edition:
The Bramble Bush and You by Steve Sheppard
Foreword (1950 Edition)
Preface (1930 Edition)
Acknowledgments (1950 Edition)
Acknowledgments (1930 (Edition)
Part One: The Bramble Bush
Chapter I
What Law Is About
Chapter II
This Case System: What Lies Behind the Case
Chapter III
This Case System: What to Do with the Cases
Chapter IV
This Case System: Precedent
Chapter V
Ships and Shoes and Sealing Wax
Chapter VI
And Law School Offers What?
Part Two: The Other Side
Chapter VII
Law and Civilization
Chapter VIII
Beyond Bread and Butter
Chapter IX
The Second Year
Chapter X
Before Sunrise
They That Come After