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On many occasions, law school makes students—and practicing lawyers—experience the same feeling produced by this anecdote (which, by the way, is real). There are questions and concepts taught at law schools, that don’t have any relationship with the real world or any practical use.

But, additionally, these questions—irrespective of their lack of connection to the topic that was supposed to be the object of the exam—reflect the capacity of conceptualism to lead us to questions with no answer. It was evident that, after her answer to the first question, the student would be completely unable to answer the remaining questions. The game was not to find answers, but questions with no answer.


Paper presented as part of the panel on “Legal Education” at SELA 2002, Law as Object and Instrument of Transformation in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

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