Can You Talk Like a Lawyer and Still Think Like a Human Being?: Mertz’s the Language of Law School
John M. Conley
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law
September 14, 2009
Law & Social Inquiry, Vol. 34
UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1473518
The last thirty years in anthropology, as well as in linguistics and many of the other social sciences, has been characterized by a shift in theoretical focus from structure to practice. In The Language of Law School: Learning to "Think Like a Lawyer" (2007), the linguistic anthropologist and law professor Elizabeth Mertz has brought this practice perspective to bear on the extraordinary linguistic and cultural venue that is the first-year law school classroom. In revealing the linguistic realities of teaching new students to "think like a lawyer", she raises fascinating questions about the relationship between language and thought, the subtle effects of legal education, and the nature of law itself.
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Date posted: September 16, 2009
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