1L Fall was a frustrating experience because I didn't have the intellectual tools to critically engage with much of the material. Coming from graduate school, the intellectual whiplash was enormous. In my second year, I took a course called Law and Political Economy with Professor Amy Kapczynski, which brought me those tools in the form of new frames of reference for legal scholarship: critique of neoliberal political economy, racial capitalism, and social reproduction. I later learned that the course was developed closely with a group of students who had experienced a similar frustration early in law school. The course generated a tight intellectual community, and with a strong sense that there were legal scholars already on this path, who we might be able to connect as we consolidated the Law and Political Economy approach.
Out of that group came the Law and Political Economy Blog. Now in our fourth month, the goal is to help solidify the approach while also building pedagogical tools to make it easy for law professors to incorporate it into their classrooms, and for current students to access an alternative to Law and Economics. Great fun!