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Duncan Kennedy (b. 1942 in Washington D.C.marker) is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law Schoolmarker and a founder of critical legal studies as movement and school of thought.

Education and early career

Kennedy received an A.B. from Harvard Collegemarker in 1964 and then worked for two years in the CIA operation that controlled the National Student Association. In 1966 he rejected his "cold war liberalism." He quit the CIA and in 1970 earned an LL.B. from Yale Law School. After completing a clerkship with Supreme Courtmarker Justice Potter Stewart, Kennedy joined the Harvard Law School faculty, becoming a full professor in 1976.

Academic work and influence

In 1977, together with Karl Klare, Mark Kelman, Roberto Unger, and other scholars, Kennedy established the Critical Legal Studies movement. Outside legal academia, he is mostly known for his monograph Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy*[38153], famous for its trenchant critique of American legal education.


  • A Critique of Adjudication [fin de siecle], (Harvard University Press, 1997)
  • Sexy Dressing, etc., (Harvard University Press, 1993)
  • "Freedom and Constraint in Adjudication: A Critical Phenomenology," 36 Journal of Legal Education 518 (1986)
  • "Form and Substance in Private Law Adjudication," 89 Harvard Law Review 1685 (1976)
  • "A Semiotics of Critique," 22 Cardozo Law Review 1147 (2001)
  • "Thoughts on Coherence, Social Values and National Tradition in Private Law," in Hesselink, ed., The Politics of a European Civil Code (Kluwer Law International, Amsterdam, 2006)

See also


  1. See Duncan Kennedy, Symposium: Afterword, A Semiotics of Critique, 22 Cardozo L. Rev. 1147, 1166-67 (2001).
  2. Id. at 1167.
  3. Id.

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