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ERIC Number: ED553823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 178
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3031-0889-1
Thinking Like a Lawyer, Thinking Like a Legal System
Stuart, Richard Clay
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The legal system is the product of lawyers. Lawyers are the product of a specific educational system. Therefore, to understand the legal system, we must first explore how lawyers are trained and conditioned to think. What does it mean to "Think Like a Lawyer?'' This dissertation makes use of autoethnography to explore the experience and effects of law school. It recreates the daily ritual of law students and law professors. It explores the Socratic nature of legal education. Finally, it links these processes to complex systems in general and the practice of law in particular. This dissertation concludes that lawyers and the legal system are the product of a specific, initiation-like ritual process that occurs during and within the specific sociocultural context of law school. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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