We have a lot to figure out. Yesterday, a student dropped by my office and told me that she had come across this blog. She then shared with me briefly how she and some of her peers had felt very uncomfortable and suddenly afraid to speak in their first-year classes because the comments and concerns that they had about the material were so different than what they were supposed to be thinking and talking about.
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“In my most desperate moments, I have never conceived of anything more horrible than a law office.”
Marcel Proust, quoted by Alain de Botton in How Proust Can Change Your Life at 12.
Previously, we learned about the overarching premise of Mertz’s 7 Propositions: that premise being that law school teaches students a way of knowing (an epistemology) by teaching students a common language that structures their view of the world, the people in it, and human conflict. On another level, legal language (what we read and how we learn to speak) structures the pursuit of the “right” answer, that is, the truth.
As previously explained, Elizabeth Mertz’s book, “The Language of Law School,” sets forth the results of her systematic study of the common language used at eight different law schools, by eight different professors, in teaching a first-year section of contracts.
At the outset of today’s post, I would like to thank Prof. Larry Krieger for taking the time to visit my blog and to provide me with additional resources to better understand the movement to humanize legal education. As I delve into the subject in more depth, be sure to check out the comprehensive set of links and resources on the blog roll to the right.
One of the primary purposes of this blog is to summarize and comment on the existing literature related to the movement to humanize legal education.
I have now shared this blog with a sizable group of former students, and I want to thank those of you who visited and shared your thoughts with me. It is my strong desire that you will continue to visit and, more importantly, that you will share your thoughts with the community by commenting on posts.