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Elizabeth Mertz, The Language of Law School: Learning to 'Think Like a Lawyer'. (Book Review)


Kate O'Neill


University of Washington - School of Law

December 2008

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 58, p. 579, December 2008

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In 'The Language of Law School,' Professor Elizabeth Mertz analyzes the classroom dialogues in eight different first-year contracts courses from the perspective of a linguistic anthropologist and legal scholar. Mertz criticizes the dialogues for normalizing narrow, legalistic evaluations of disputes and sheltering them from rigorous critique. The review recommends the book to all classroom teachers and all who are interested in legal education and curriculum. Even if one disagrees with Mertz's conclusions, her analyses of the classroom dialogues are illuminating.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: legal education, critical theory, linguistics, legal language, legal rhetoric

JEL Classification: I22, P12

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Date posted: June 16, 2009  

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O'Neill, Kate, Elizabeth Mertz, The Language of Law School: Learning to 'Think Like a Lawyer'. (Book Review) (December 2008). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 58, p. 579, December 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1419542

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