Law School Described in Six Words
Recently, a WSJ Law Blog post described law school in six words. The post was inspired by a law professor at Marquette University Law School who, in turn, was inspired by the master of lean prose: Ernest Hemingway.
After all, legal prose should be concise and to the point. Simple declarative sentences should be the rule in legal papers.
Hemingway is said to have once won a bet by writing a story in just six words. His contribution, scribbled on a bar napkin, was:
- For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
- For sale: law degree, no promises.
- Three years later, they weren't ready.
- You'll get hired, so they claimed.
- "But I'm tenured", the professor replied.
- The former dean pleaded not guilty.
- Legal profession: not easy to enter.
- A divorce lawyer? Are you sure?
- Top tier law school: good salary.
- Tier Three law school: huge debt.
- Cooley Law School; marketing in action.