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Speak, in the Name of the Law


David Crystal

University of Wales, Bangor
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Imagine this scenario. A legal historian from Mars (shall we say?) is interested in finding out what the human race thinks of lawyers. He has heard that Shakespeare is the world’s greatest playwright, so naturally he thinks his works are an obvious place to look for an opinion. He hacks into one of the electronic databases of the plays, and types in ‘lawyer’. He finds eleven instances of the word. What impression would he get – would we all get – of the profession which is the focus of this Globe Education series? If we run through the instances, I don’t think you’ll have too much trouble reaching a conclusion about the matter.
How to Cite: Crystal, D. (2002). Speak, in the Name of the Law. The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, 1(2), 6. DOI:
Published on 20 Jun 2002.


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