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The movement known as Critical Legal Studies (CLS) has reached a strange juncture in its journey out of obscurity into the glare of intense, if usually rather distorting, publicity. In some of its public appearances, CLS seems to be wildly in fashion among legal intellectuals, often mentioned in the same breath as "law and economics," as an intellectual movement that is transforming the study and teaching-and who knows? maybe someday the practice- of law. It has become an established faction, or interest group: when there's a conference on constitutional law, or a series of lectures on new theoretical perspectives, a place is set at the table for at least one Critic. And indeed much of the first wave of CLS work is being absorbed, if anything altogether too painlessly, into mainstream legal scholarship by law teachers who are not Critics themselves but have found some of its work illuminating.
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