Wisdom Not My Own: Rules, Principles, and the Teaching of Law
Mark William Osler
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
October 31, 2011
Is it possible to not only give our law students knowledge, but the hope for wisdom?
This short essay argues that such a project is not only possible but desirable. We want wisdom (the ability to make principled choices) from those in the vocation of law, after all, especially in roles such as judge or prosecutor. The key to teaching towards wisdom is to allow students to work not only with rules but principles, and to model the sacrifice required to follow principle in our own public lives as law teachers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Wisdom, principles, criminal law, law teaching, legal education
JEL Classification: K14, K19working papers series
Date posted: October 31, 2011 ; Last revised: December 31, 2012
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