Holmes on Thinking Like a Lawyer

Before ending up on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. spent a couple of months as a law professor, during which time, according to Harold Berman, he taught his students that, “Your business as lawyers is to see the relation between your particular fact and the whole frame of the universe.” Not a bad rebuttal to those who dismiss the law as a sterile field of narrow technicalities. (I am thinking of some historians and philosophers that I know.)

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  1. Agreed. As an interdisciplinary student, I run into this attitude from time to time. It is amazing how narrow some think “law” is.