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It's Not Certain, It Depends

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Uploaded on Jan 12, 2011

This is a "Law Lessong" - a law lesson in a song - that I wrote to help students consider the inherent nature of law. This song helps bust the popular myth that law is predictable and certain. I use it along with the discussion of stare decisis in the Legal Environment course.

The old story goes something like this:
The law professor addressed the class of law school graduates - "Three years ago, if you were asked, 'What is the law?' on a particular subject, you could only answer, 'I don't know.' Now, after three years of legal education you can answer with great confidence, 'It depends!'"

Audio files for more law lessongs can be found here: http://sites.google.com/site/blawprof......
More "Law Lessong" videos will be posted at the Legal Studies Classroom blog: http://legalstudiesclassroom.blogspot...

The melody is based on "Blowin' in the Wind" written and recorded by Bob Dylan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowin'_...

No copyright infringement is intended. This song is offered and intended for educational use only and has no commercial value.

It's Not Certain, It Depends




Lyrics by Mark DeAngelis
Tune: based on "Blowin' in the Wind"

How many times must a man fall down,
Before he can sue another man?
Yes, 'n' when should he plead to a white collar charge,
Rather than take the witness stand?
Yes, 'n' how many times will a drug harm our young,
Before it is FDA banned?




The answer my friend
Is it's not certain it depends,
The answer's it's not certain, it depends

How much abuse must a worker endure,
Before her bosses comply?
Yes 'n' how many years of inequity pass,
Before your claims for justice die?
Yes, 'n' when can a contract for purchase of land
Grant rights that a party may buy?

The answer my friend
Is it's not certain it depends,
The answer's it's not certain, it depends

How many years can a mountain of claims
Be ignored by an insurance company?
Yes 'n' how many ways can some people persist
In filling our penitentiaries?
Yes 'n' what is a capital gain on a sale
And when is a transfer tax-free?




The answer my friend
Is it's not certain it depends,
The answer's it's not certain, it depends




The answer my friend
If there's an answer in the end
The answer's it's not certain, it depends.

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