The Language of Law School: Learning to Think Like a Lawyer by Elizabeth MertzThe Language of Law School: Learning to Think Like a Lawyer by Elizabeth Mertz

The Language of Law School: Learning to Think Like a Lawyer

byElizabeth Mertz

Paperback | February 17, 2007

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In this linguistic study of law school education, Mertz shows how law professors employ the Socratic method between teacher and student, forcing the student to shift away from moral and emotional terms in thinking about conflict, toward frameworks of legal authority instead.
Elizabeth Mertz is Senior Researcher, American Bar Foundation and Professor of Law, Wisconsin Law School.
Title:The Language of Law School: Learning to Think Like a LawyerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:February 17, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019518310X

ISBN - 13:9780195183108

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Table of Contents

Notes on TranscriptionI. Introduction1. Entering the World of U.S. Law2. Law, Language, and the U.S. Classroom3. Study, Design, Methodology, and ProfileII. Similarity: Legal Epistemology4. Learning to Read Like a Lawyer: Text, Context, and Linguistic Ideology5. Epistemology and Teaching Styles: Different Form, Same Message6. On Becoming a Legal Person: Law Talk in the Law School ClassroomsIII. Difference: Social Structure in Legal Pedagogy7. Professonial Style in Context8. Student Participation and Social Difference: Race, Gender, Status, and Context in Law School ClassesIV. Conclusion: Reading, Talking, and "Thinking" Like a Lawyer9. Legal Language and American Law: Authority, Morality, and Linguistic IdeologyNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Mertz has produced nothing short of a masterpiece in the linguistic anthropology of law and society, one of those rare interdisciplinary efforts that comes along every decade or so. Just as important, the depth of the analysis is matched only by the eloquence of her prose. Her clear writing, coupled with liberal use of data excerpts through out the chapters and the fact that the book is available in an affordable paperback edition, makes The Language of Law School an attractive text for a number of courses in linguistic anthropology, discourse studies, legal discourse, law and society, and legal socialization at graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels." --American Anthropologist