120 Penn Statim 1 (2015)

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Alan J. Oxford, 111 *

                                       I. INTRODUCTION

               Morpheus:      Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real?
                              What ifyou were unable to wake from that dream? How would
                              you know the difference between the dream world and the real
               Neo:           This can't be.
               Morpheus:      Be what? Be real? .... Welcome to the real world.

               --THE MATRX, (Morpheus played by Laurence Fishburne; Neo played by Keanu
               Reeves). 1

       Dreams are a material part of the human experience and thus the law school experience.

Dreams manifest our thoughts, fears, and passions often diametrically inconsistent with our

* I borrowed the title of this paper from an INCEPTION movie poster stating The dream is real. INCEPTION
(Warner Bros. 2010). I thank my invaluable research assistants Katherine Kennedy and Melanie M. Ghaw who
were expedient and diligent in their research, and who provided many dreams and much thought throughout this
process. Many of my Appalachian School of Law students volunteered to write down their dreams and the emotions
surrounding those dreams, as those dreams occurred during the fall 2012 and spring 2013 exam seasons; I thank the
students who were brave enough to share their dreams, only a portion of which I could use herein. Unless indicated
otherwise, the dreams recited herein are presented as reported; personal attribution, where made, is with the
dreamer's consent. I also thank Callan R. Jackson and the staff of the Penn State Law Review for their excellent
work in making this a better article. Finally, I give a most heartfelt and loving thanks to my wife, Brenda, who is
always my first editor and my greatest critic, and who must necessarily listen to me relate my own dreams.
DISCLAIMER: I do not purport to be an expert in dreams or dream interpretation. This article is based upon the
anecdotal reporting of my law students' dreams and is not the result of a controlled study. This article is for
educational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any mental, physical or
psychological condition. If you have disturbing dreams you should not rely on the information presented in this
article, but should instead seek competent medical assistance.
THE MATRIX (Warner Bros. 1999).

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