October 28, 2009

On Making Prominent the Printed Page: Developing a Christian Worldview Through Reading Widely (for Christian lawyers)

Byron Borger (left), esteemed proprietor of Hearts & Minds, one of America's foremost independent Christian booksellers, was a speaker at the recent Christian Legal Society National Conference on "Developing a Christian Worldview Through Reading." In Byron's words:

I had this [bibliography] as a handout for a workshop done at the October 2009 Christian Legal Society conference in La Jolla, California. What a privilege to sit with a small group of lawyers, judges, jurists and law students and talk about reading as an act of worship, obedience, relevant discipleship and dialogue with the culture. That spells WORD and was the main framework for my remarks about why we need to read seriously. Here, then, are some of the best suggestions I had for this small but serious group.

Byron has now graciously posted his bibliography, On Making Prominent the Printed Page: Developing a Christian Worldview Through Reading Widely (for Christian lawyers), on his BookNotes blog. Enjoy and be blessed.

A personal note: I was greatly honored to see my own humble book, The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues, featured on Byron's list amidst such superior company.

October 22, 2009

Future Lawyers: Christian Law School Options

For prospective law students seeking a legal education informed by Christian values and ethics, here's a list of law schools openly proclaiming adherence to such teaching perspectives. The list may not be exhaustive and your comments with feedback and suggestions for adding, deleting or modifying entries based on your own experience and knowledge are invited and welcomed!

Ave Maria School of Law

Columbus School of Law (Catholic University of America)

Judge Paul Pressler School of Law (Louisiana College) - This is a proposed new Christian law school announced in August 2007

Additionally, the Christian Legal Society sponsors active student chapters at many secular law schools (see right sidebar for partial listing).

And whether you're attending (or planning to attend) a Christian or secular law school, you should prayerfully consider applying for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship and the Law, Justice and Culture Institute, both powerful free-standing programs that will help you develop a vibrant and intellectually challenging Christian perspective on the law.

Update 10/23/09 - Here are additional schools which appear to meet the criteria of my initial list, as suggested by readers: