Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at by Nicholas J. Mcbride

By Nicholas J. Mcbride

Letters to a legislations Student relays all potential legislations pupil must comprehend earlier than embarking on their reports. It presents an invaluable consultant to these contemplating a legislations measure or conversion direction and is helping scholars arrange for what could be a daunting first 12 months of study.

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But does that mean that I intend to get tired when I write to you? That sounds pretty implausible. Intending something to happen seems to be different from foreseeing that something will happen. If you intend something to happen, you try to make it happen – and when D delivers the package, he isn’t trying to kill V. He is just trying to deliver the package. So if we are careful in the way we think about the situation presented above, we will conclude that D is not guilty of murder. But what about this situation?

But this only gives you a reason to study law if you want (or think you might want) to become a practising lawyer. And you may have your doubts about that. Many people think that you have to sell your soul to become a lawyer. I understand why people might think that way. Anyone who has the power to argue convincingly on either side of a case will always attract suspicion. (One of the first philosophers in history, Socrates, was executed in Athens in 399 BC. ) The lawyer’s ability to take either side of a case seems to indicate an unprincipled indifference to right and wrong.

And I didn’t want you to think that, if the astonishing hypothesis turned out – astonishingly – to be correct, there was no reason to study law at university. For the purposes of this letter, I’ll just take the commonsensical position that the astonishing hypothesis isn’t true. If you want me to deal with it, I’ll address that in another letter. But for the time being, let’s assume that doing a law degree is the best preparation for becoming a practising lawyer. But this only gives you a reason to study law if you want (or think you might want) to become a practising lawyer.

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