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

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

8 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009

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Kate O'Neill

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: December 2008

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: I22, P12

Suggested Citation

O'Neill, Kathleen M., 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1419542

Kathleen M. O'Neill (Contact Author)

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