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    Critical Legal Theory vs. Critical Legal Studies

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    I was assigned a 7 minute oral report yesterday. I am having trouble distinguishing these two topics from one another. I plan to encompass both in my presentation on Critical Legal Theory and Critical Legal Studies.

    I need to know:

    1. Origin - (I think this is Marx, but I am having trouble getting details).
    2. What triggered it - (political dissatisfaction with hierarchies? need more details)
    3. Purpose - (to reconstruct government so no hierarchies exist?)
    4. Main personalities
    5. Its practice

    Issues I am struggling with:

    1. What is the difference between the Critical Legal Theory and Critical legal Studies? From what I currently understand, Critical legal theory was initiated by Marx...is critical legal studies the study of critical legal theory?? I need clarification.

    2. What does Karl Marx have to do with Critical Legal Theory? I cannot find much info on this except for this one fact.

    3. Mark Tushnet? Other important influences? I need specifics so I can compose this essay/oral report. I know enough right now for about 4 min of speaking, so I need more details. I have the Altman book and the Adams book with Tushnet, however I having issues picking apart the most vital information. I cannot go over 7 minutes, but I wish to cover everything. I guess I just need details on the general stuff.

    I need a VERY detailed answer on the 5 elements above (origin, etc.), but not necessarily a long answer. Please do not cut and paste from internet searches, unless you supplement it with a good deal of your own insight (I have already checked out the majority of online information, unless you have something on Marx that can assist me.)

    Thank you in advance.

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    Solution Summary

    By responding to the questions, this solution addresses aspects of Critical Legal Theory and Critical Legal Studies e.g. origin, how they differ, purpose, main personalities or key figures and practices. Supplemented with links for further research, if necessary.