Gosh, Those Law Students Say the Darndest Things!

Grading this semester has been multiplied because of Hofstra’s large class size (118 students in my contracts section) and an extra class I was teaching at Touro Law Center. To console those of you who are also still grading, I offer the top funniest paper / exam lines during the time I’ve been teaching:

“Decisions are like snakes, they slip and slide next to morality and justice, changing with time.”

“The common law is like a baby. It grows and grows until someone comes along and stops it.”

“The most impotent doctrine in contracts is lack of consideration.”

And, finally, from a seminar paper that discussed women’s rights in law & literature:

“The feminist movement began climaxing in the mid-1800s, and continued building, with varying levels of excitement, until the 1960s.”

To quote humorist Dave Barry, “I am not making this up!” I realize that I may be encroaching on Reader’s Digest territory, but anyone else find some humorous exam lines?

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5 Responses

  1. John Armstrong says:

    Funny, and I’d always been told feminist climaxes began in the ’60s.

  2. Seth R. says:

    A couple lines heard in my lawschool classes from professors:

    “Now, if I paid your mother a nickle for sex…”

    Crim. Law

    “I have no moral base.”


  3. BQC says:

    From a student regarding Loretto: “I guess that size really doesn’t matter.”

  4. Anonymous Law Student says:

    From my own exam (crim):

    “there must be a ‘vicious will’ before we send someone ‘to the pokie.'”

    “…fraud in the inducement is not criminal. You can claim to be a millionaire and offer to marry (or at least take on a weekend jaunt to your château in Nice) someone to induce them to sleep with you – and they’ve got no recourse in any court at all. (Best of luck on that promissory estoppel claim… ) ”

  5. Racer X says:

    “The legal cause is a forseeability test. This requires knowledge, and D was full of knowledge.”