Essay on The Critical Legal Studies Movement

865 Words Nov 8th, 2016 4 Pages
The critical legal studies movement discusses law in play when it comes down to how the law works in the world and the issues with it.The cls movement states that law does not always protect the citizens in the best way. These ideas are analyzed by a myriad of law professors like Duncan Kennedy and Patricia Williams. Williams and Kennedy have areas of critique that overlap and areas where they differ. The main areas of similarities are the issues of rights protection for marginalized citizen. The area of contention between the two is how the issues of rights are created in law. For Kennedy, his area of critique is more around the legal institution while Williams had more criticism about the doctrine of laws. Both Kennedy and Williams have similar areas of criticism but differ in how they chose to to define the issue. Kennedy and Williams both agree that there is an issue with the law in general. Instead of protecting citizens and their rights, the law represents more perspective than necessary for something that should be objective. For Kennedy, the issue with the law comes down to what the law represents-politics. Kennedy asserts that the law is an extension of judges, lawyers and court politics influencing rulings. Contrasting, Williams views the law as a more categorical experience that changes how everyone experiences society and the world. The law is based around social context. Thus, certain citizens might benefit more if their experience closely relates to the…

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