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Working Hardly: Law Student Proverbs

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Your ethics lecturer probably told you that “he who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client,” and your ADR tutor may have said “fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich”, but here are a few law-themed sayings you probably haven’t heard before…

You can’t judge a textbook by its price tag.

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they can make a good lawsuit.

The pen is mightier than the sword, and it’s also more practical for classes.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones… and they should also warn all visitors about the possibility of broken glass related injuries.

A picture is worth a thousand words (including headings, footnotes and bibliographies).

Discretion is the greater part of legal professional privilege.

Never look a gift horse in the mouth… as long as the gift is properly gifted.

Cleanliness is next to godliness, just as hand cleanliness is next to equity-ness.

One law student’s lecture notes are another law student’s exam saver.

A deadline is the mother of inventive footnoting.

Absent-mindedness makes the class grow longer.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. In fact, don’t bite any hands (see criminal law notes).

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