Education: Literary Lawyers

Daniel Webster: You seem to have an excellent acquaintance with the law, sir. The Devil: Sir, that is no fault of mine. Where I come from, we have always gotten the pick of the Bar.

At many law schools, that bit of dialogue might seem incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial, but at the University of Southern California, it is a part of a regular law-school course, designed "to interest lawyers in literature by appealing to their professional interests."

Idea for the course came from the law school's Dean Orrin Evans, who has long felt that a lot of lawyers are not cultured enough—and...

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