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Book Review: The Bramble Bush: Some Lectures on Law and Its Study, 31 Columbia Law Review 515 (1931)

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The Bramble Bush - Some Lectures on Law and Its Study. By K.N. Liewellyn. New York: Columbia University School of Law, 1930. Lectures X, Poem 1, pp. 158.

There are those to whom the law is sad and serious -- too serious for such phrases as "bramble bush," "anticipatory jawing," "legal germicidal soap," "gutlessness of second-year classes," "the Bull Roarer comes," "be an aspiring vegetable," "wisecracking over the Yahoos in the sticks." It must be approached with dignity. And as for approaching it with a poem -- an original poem -- what is the world coming to! To introduce ambitious and hopeful young men to our Lady of the Common Law by quoting in full Sandberg's verses saying that "a hearse horse snickers hauling a lawyer's bones" -- surely this is near-sacrilege and complete self-debasement!

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