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Several years ago in Connecticut, during a criminal trial, the judge looked
down from the bench and saw the defendant standing there alone. The judge
asked, "Do you have counsel?" The defendant looked up at the judge and said,
"Allah is my counsel," to which the judge responded, "I mean local counsel."
Those of you who know me will say "he will do anything for a cheap joke,"
which is true. But this joke is a lot like legal education. In trying to teach law
students, we law faculty are much like the defendant. We have our religion and
our religion is the Rule of Law. Our religion has substantive rules and the
ultimately mystical part of our religion we call "teaching people to think like a
lawyer." As we and the students go through this process we lose much along
the way as we try to disassociate law students from the real world.
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religion, legal education