Vanderbilt Law Review


Stanley Ingber

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The purpose of this Article is to explore this myth, including its apparent inaccuracies, and to explain its persistence by recognizing the valid societal function that it fulfills. Part I will focus on this myth or religion of law--a law of rules--and attempt to explain its attractiveness to the nascent and practicing legal decisionmaker. Part II will explore the role of the lawyer within a process of decision making that is actually imbued with ambiguity. Finally, Part III will consider the remaining significance of "the law" as a very real factor that limits and controls the legal decisionmaker.