The Language of Law School: Learning to "Think like a Lawyer"

By Elizabeth Mertz | Go to book overview

4
Learning to Read Like a Lawyer: Text,
Context, and Linguistic Ideology

"Mr. Karlin!" Perini cried sharply.

Nearby, I heard a tremendous thud.…

"Mr. Karlin," Perini said, ambling toward my side of
the room, "why don't you tell us about the case of Hurley v.
Eddingfield?"

Karlin already had his notebook open. His voice was
quavering.

"Plaintiff's intestate," he began. He got no further.

"What does that mean?" Perini cried from across the room.
He began marching fiercely up the aisle toward Karlin. "In-tes-
tate," he said, "in-tes-tate. What is that? Something to do with
the stomach? Is this an anatomy class, Mr. Karlin?" Perini's
voice had become shrill with a note of open mockery and at the
last word people burst out laughing, louder than at anything
Perini had said before.

He was only five or six feet from Karlin now. Karlin stared
up at him and blinked and finally said, "No."

"No, I didn't think so," Perini said. "What if the word
was 'testate'? What would that be? Would we have moved
from the stomach"—Perini waved a hand and there was
more loud laughter when he leeringly asked his question—
"elsewhere?"

"I think," Karlin said weakly, "that if the word was
'testate' it would mean he had a will."

"And 'intestate' that he didn't have a will. I see." Perini
wagged his head. "And who is this 'he,' Mr. Karlin?"

Karlin was silent. He shifted in his seat as Perini stared
at him. Hands had shot up across the room. Perini called rap-
idly on two or three people who gave various names—Hurley,
Eddingfield, the plaintiff. Finally someone said that the case
didn't say.

"The case doesn't say!" Perini cried, marching down the
aisle. "The case does not say. Read the case. Read the case!

Carefully!"1

-43-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Language of Law School: Learning to "Think like a Lawyer"
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 308

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.