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The Language of Law School: Learning to "Think Like a Lawyer"

Elizabeth Mertz


Anyone who has attended law school knows that it invokes an important intellectual transformation, frequently referred to as “learning to think like a lawyer”. This process, which forces students to think and talk in radically new and toward different ways about conflicts, is directed by professors in the course of their lectures and examinations, and conducted via spoken and written language. This book delves into that legal language to reveal the complexities of how this process takes place. The book bases its linguistic study on tape recordings from first year Contracts courses in eight dif ... More

Keywords: law schools, legal language, conflict, Socratic method, legal authority, legal education, race, gender, social justice, fairness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Mertz, author
University of Wisconsin Law School
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