Do you love law?no

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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No, I do not love the law. I love my family, but I do enjoy the law. I enjoy the confrontational nature of the law and the concept that even in today's society the little guy can prevail. I am also passionate about the concept that all men are to be treated equally under the law. This a basic tenet of the bill of rights.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Love is a strong word, so I would say no, but I do respect it, and am interested in it enough to consider law school someday.  I like the precision of it, and how it can work for anyone, regardless of race or class.  I also enjoy the continuous debate in the law over what it means, how it applies and whether or not it should be reformed.

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Of course I love law.  Without law, who knows what terrible things you might try to do me?  You could burn down my house, slash my tires, steal all my money, kill me and my family, publish slanderous stories about me, and make my life miserable in a million ways. 

And remember: without laws, I might try to do these things to you.  And since it just so happens that I'm bigger and stronger than you, I will get away with it -- if there would be no laws.

Without law, and some kind of reliable enforcement of law, there is no society.

Now, the question is, do I love lawyers?  My father is a lawyer, and I still love him.  Other than that, they tend to be a pretty slippery bunch.  But remember: without them, there is nothing but chaos.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Yes, I love the legal system of the USA, its due process, and the fact that our Constitution grants us the right to a speedy trial, the right to representation, and the right to a jury of our peers.

What I find more interesting about the law is how it transcends through time. In some states we still have laws that have to this day not been revisited, and they were posted over 150 years ago. Those laws, of course, are anachronistic and make no sense now, but if you think about it, they are a window into history.

Hence since law and the history of our country are so closely related, they are definitely heirlooms to the future generations to observe, revisit, and transform for the common good.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is rather a vague question, perhaps you will want to clarify.

To me, what was interesting about law ("law and society" was one of my three subfields that I studied for my Ph.D.) was A) the ways in which the law can be important to a sociey and B) the ways in which laws can be interpreted.

Most people think of the law as coercive.  But what interested me more was the idea that law is a more subtle means of social control -- a way of getting people to think in various ways so they will not need to be coerced.

I was also very interested in various ideas about how laws (especially the US Constitution) should be interpreted by judges.

So I guess you could say I love the study of law at least in those senses.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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It can be either or with every person. For me, I don't think it is applied fairly in all situations. For most, it is adequate. For some it is an unjust burden. It can be too much in many cases. After all, the US Supreme Court has made many mistakes before and will continue to do so.

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