Friday, February 2, 2007

law-school speak

The Language of Law School, a linguistic/anthropological study by Wisconsin law professor Elizabeth Mertz, has just been published by Oxford University Press. The book examines the transformation in thinking and expression that occurs in law students, which Mertz based on her study of tape recordings of first-year contracts classes in several law schools. The publisher says, “[Professor Mertz] shows how all these schools employ the Socratic method between teacher and student, forcing the student to shift away from moral and emotional terms in thinking about conflict, toward frameworks of legal authority instead.”

Hat tip: Law Librarian Blog


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