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Why Study Law in the Heart of the Empire?

Posted October 17,2005: To some people, 'law' is a set of rules designed by the powerful to entrench their power, while for others it is a set of rules designed by an enlightened elite to create a level playing field where people can compete to the best of their ability to make money. Still others see the law as an evolving set of rules that reflect communal efforts to live together harmoniously. Finally, many view the law as morality codified, arguing that we criminalize behavior we determine to be ethically injurious to the society as a whole. Whatever your view of the law, and of course many believe it is some combination of the above explanations, if you decide to study the law of country other than your own you will enrich and expand your understanding of your own legal system and gain invaluable cross cultural experience that will help you no matter what you decide to do when you finally leave the student life and enter the working world.


 








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