TEACHING AND LEARNING THE LAW
AbstractAt the annual dinner of the School of Law at the University of Toronto, the Honourable Vincent C. MacDonald, justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, addresses a “spectacle of young faces ‘sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought’ of impending exams” and “penitential purgatory for another term of years.” No, these are not Prince Hamlets. These are law students. Think now, Justice MacDonald entreats them, about the nature of teaching and learning the law. For he has known all types of teachers; known them all: the lecturer, the beloved mentor, the phrase-maker, the man or woman of affairs, the pedestrian, the debunker and the dramatist. Whatever the variety of teachers, they have done their best to imprint upon their pupils the fundamentals of legal thought and method and, in time, he assures them, each student will mount honourably to success because of that love’s labour.
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