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    California Law Review Circuit


 VOL. 3                                                     JANUARY 2012
                    Copyright (© 2012 by California Law Review, Inc.

                    AALS Section on Law and Humanities
    Excavating and Integrating Law and Humanities in the Core Curriculum
       2012 AALS Annual Meeting - January 4-8, 2012 - Washington, D.C.


                   Law School for Poets


                             Melissa Murray*


                               INTRODUCTION
     Like many who attend law school, I was an undergraduate history major.
The humanities, my college pre-professional advisor assured me, were ideal
preparation for the rigors of law school. I believed the hype. Three years later,
on my first day of Contracts, my blind faith in the inherent compatibility of the
humanities and legal education was rewarded with a sinking feeling that would,
in time, give way to nausea. I had been duped. I had envisioned exuberant
discussions led by a pipe-smoking, tweed-jacketed professor about the great
moments in the history of contract law. Instead, the class began with the
professor (sans pipe and tweed jacket) scrawling the Coase Theorem on the
chalkboard. There were numbers. I felt the bile rising in my throat.
     Although I learned to deal with the numbers, I could not help feeling that
something was missing from the experience. Where was the social and
historical context that could illuminate these doctrines? As we marched
methodically through the substance of each course, we never stopped to dwell
on the connections that linked cases that were thematically distinct, but
connected contextually and chronologically.

        Copyright © 2012 California Law Review, Inc. California Law Review, Inc. (CLR) is a
California nonprofit corporation. CLR and the authors are solely responsible for the content of their
publications.
    *  Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley, School of Law. Many thanks to Joshua
Hill and Rose Villazor for their helpful connents. Musetta Durkee and the staff of the California Law
Review provided excellent editorial assistance. This foreword is dedicated to Laura Kalman, who
helped me recover my inner humanist.

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