Law

A Place for Rhetoric

For several centuries the Inns of Court were called “The Third University” on the basis that they were as significant a centre of learning as Oxford and Cambridge. Although the centrality and quality of that function declined after the Civil War, it never disappeared. This was not, however, one of the functions of the Inns which their epigoni in the Australian bar associations chose to imitate. This has changed over recent years, most notably in the intensity and quality of the Readers’ Courses organised by the New South Wales Bar Association. However, the series of lectures on rhetoric, which are…

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