February 16, 2008
"Gap Studies"
Posted by Gordon Smith

Bob Gordon of Yale is speaking at the Wisconsin Contracts Conference about "Teaching with Stories." In surveying the reasons for using stories, Bob mentions "gap studies" -- works that strive to reveal the gaps between "law on the books" and "law in action." Finding gaps is an old game, of course, though it still makes for good reading, when done well. Continuing yesterday's theme of exploring the connection between law and facts, he quotes Llewellyn: "Law means so pitifully little to life. Life is so terrifyingly dependent on the law." Karl N. Llewellyn, What Price Contract? -- An Essay in Perspective, 40 Yale L.J. 704, 751 (1931).

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