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University of Michigan Law School

1994

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The Frail Old Age Of The Socratic Method, Carl E. Schneider Nov 1994

The Frail Old Age Of The Socratic Method, Carl E. Schneider

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We are gathered here to honor you for your seriousness about and success in your legal education. It is fitting and proper that we should do this, for law is a learned profession, and mastery of it is a critical and continuing duty, as well, I hope, as a pleasure. But this convocation is also, as Holmes put it, a time when the Law School "becomes conscious of itself and its meaning." I want to combine these two purposes by discussing with you our common enterprise of education for a learned profession. Specifically, I want to consider a distinctive feature ...