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Sep 2011

Some days this degree makes us feel a bit cynical, but that’s normal. But as cynical as law students get, none can surpass the master, Ambrose Bierce, whose Devil’s Dictionary (perhaps the most cynical book ever written) has some very cheeky things to say about the law!

Here are our favourite cutting comments...

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Oct 2010

“I spent the next hour or so laughing and singing and gibbering away on the roof of Yale Law School. I found several feet of loose telephone wire up there, and made myself a kind of belt.”

The memoir The Centre Cannot Hold charts the life of Professor Elyn Saks, a professor of law and psychiatry at the Southern California Gould School of Law who suffers the most debilitating form of schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia has controlled Saks since she was 8 years old when houses began talking to her and controlling her thoughts. From Oxford to Yale Law School to her tenure as a law school professor, living a normal life was not possible. Even writing a simple case memo (in Australia, a case note) would send her into a full-blown schizophrenic attack that left her singing on the rooftop of the library, “Come to the Florida lemon tree! Come to Florida sunshine bush! Where are my lemons?”

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