Monday, July 16, 2007

but is it dicta?

All law professors who teach first year students teach the skill of legal reading.  We show students the basics, like how to tell the facts from the procedure.  And they gradually learn to read the nuances, too, such as when a judge is communicating with a wider audience than just the litigants and for purposes other than deciding the immediate dispute in front of the court.  The United States Supreme Court's recently-completed term should provide students with a lot of material with which to practice the latter.


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