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My aim in this paper is to trace out a certain line of thought about what it might mean to think of law rhetorically. In doing this I shall be resisting the impulse, quite common in our culture, to see the law from the outside, as a kind of intellectual and social bureaucracy; rather I am interested in seeing it from the inside, as it appears to one who is practicing or teaching it. Throughout I shall conceive of the law as a system of discourse that the lawyer and judge must learn and use, and of which we can ask what meanings it creates or enables us to create -- for our individual and collective lives.


The poem not available on pages 30-31 is "Range-Finding" by Robert Frost, and is excluded because of copyright licensing restrictions.

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