Thursday, December 6, 2007

Weighing in on Mastering the Universe

Much can be said for which area of specialty in the law is superior; we all have our bias. Since we are on the topic, though, I thought I would note that underneath all of the law (including Tax and Bankruptcy) is historical context. For one who truly wants to master any area of law, it is essential to first gain a solid foundation in the history, social policy and philosophy of the law. Only by knowing where we as a society have been, can we hope to begin to understand the intricacies of our discipline. So many pages in our casebooks are devoted to understanding the historical context of the law, and for good reason. Even our Tax Prof makes every effort to highlight the policy behind the oft-times unintuitive Internal Revenue Code. So, I think anyone who wants to truly “master the universe” of law, must first master history and philosophy!

The Holiday Season is upon us, which means that finals are almost here (gasp!). As hard as it may be, it is important to stop and remember that there is life outside of law school. Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas, and while it is not celebrated nationally, it is easy to see how this Advent Saint has become a part of our cultural fabric in the form of Santa Claus. St. Nicholas lived a life of charity and love; by remembering his good deeds and seeking to mimic them, we can celebrate this season in a way which keeps us mindful of the needs of others and thankful for the many blessings we have.

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