American law can be viewed usefully from a variety of perspectives. In law school, we usually approach the law as a set of political norms that are articulated and enforced through formal legal institutions, or as the activities of professionals working within those institutions. Law is also a mindset, a shared ''culture'' of ideas, attitudes, memories, and myths that shape the lives and work of legal professionals as well as the broader society. In this course we will read critically writings on the law that have shaped or reflect the present nature of that legal culture. Our goal will be to understand more fully the nature of the law as practice and vocation through these writings.