Law as lore

Wolff, Leon (2012) Law as lore. Journal of Civil and Legal Sciences, 2(1), 1000e108.

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Abstract

Law is saturated with stories. People tell their stories to lawyers; lawyers tell their clients’ stories to courts; legislators develop regulation to respond to their constituents’ stories of injustice or inequality. In legal education, professors devise hypothetical scenarios to test student understanding of legal doctrine; in law examinations and assignments, students construct advice to fictional clients. The common law legal system derives many of its foundational principles from case law — in effect, stories with legal solutions — that have accumulated over time. The civil law system, despite a different design centred on legal codes, also relies on judicial story-telling to interpret the code provisions and flesh out the gaps.

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ID Code: 87799
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: qualitative research, narrative analysis, Empirical legal research
DOI: 10.4172/2169-0170.1000e108
ISSN: 2169-0170
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Wolff L.
Copyright Statement: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2015 01:35
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2015 11:04

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