The Language of Law School

The Language of Law School

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Anyone who has attended law school knows that it entails an important intellectual transformation, frequently referred to as qlearning to think like a lawyer.q This process, which subtly induces students to think and talk in radically new and different ways about conflicts, is largely accomplished in first-year law school classes where professors inculcate new attitudes toward spoken and written language. Elizabeth Mertz's book is the first study to truly delve into that language to reveal the complexities of how this process takes place. She concludes that the transformation law students undergo is as much a shift in how they approach language-how they talk and read and write-as in how they qthink.qHowever, relational contract theory moves decisively into social context in its attention to the relationships that surround formal contracts and, in this ... Initiated repairs of various kinds have been observed in numerous other linguistic settings , including, notably, courtrooms. In her study of change of plea in Arizona courts, Philips notes in particular a technique she calls a€œnailing it down, a€ in which judges anbsp;...

Title:The Language of Law School
Author: Elizabeth Mertz
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2007-02-03

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