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Working Hardly: Funny Latin Phrases for Law Student Life

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Are you tired of dull Latin maxims like de minimis non curat lex and nemo dat quod non habet? Bolster your legal Latin cred by using these hilarious phrases in everyday law student situations…

For the tort law student

Quaeso esto meus vicinus. – Please won't you be my neighbor.

For fighting with the library vending machine

Machina improba! Vel mihi ede potum vel mihi redde nummos meos! – You infernal machine! Give me a beverage or give me my money back!

For Negotiation Competitions

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam. – I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.

Pactum factum. – A done deal

For Conversations with that Overly Competitive Law School Acquaintance

Nihil est- in vita priore ego imperator Romanus fui. – That's nothing- in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor.

For Technical Difficulties

Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum! – Don't you dare erase my hard disk!

For Careers Networking Events

Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! – Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket.


Fac ut nemo me vocet. – Hold my calls.

Laborare non amo. – I do not like to work.

Ignoramus et ignorabimus. – We do not know and will not know.

Noli perturbare. – Do not disturb.

For everyday life

Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur. – Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.

Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua. – The only good language is a dead language.

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