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  •  The US legal code is not the sole source of Law (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, elwior

    in the U.S.  This is one of the problems with our legal system, it relies on a massive amount of documents external to the written law to determine what "the law" is.  This is why we, unlike any other country I know of, require a graduate degree to practice law instead of just a regular college degree.

    There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Sat May 05, 2012 at 07:55:18 AM PDT

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    •  In this case, US law is clear that churches are (1+ / 0-)
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      exempt whether or not they're also charitable.  Note that the reliance on caselaw is a feature of all anglo systems of law. (which is generally concomitant w/ the english-speaking world)

      Or: blame the British.

      •  I do blame the British (2+ / 0-)
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        johnny wurster, elwior

        Of course, that's generally the safe assumption in many cases.

        But even there you only need a bachelor's degree to practice law.  Is the US system that more complicated or is it just a just a different education system.

        There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

        by AoT on Sat May 05, 2012 at 09:13:58 AM PDT

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        •  heh. (1+ / 0-)
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          I can tell you that there are several commenters @ DKos that aren't lawyers that are sharper legal analysts than many lawyers I know.  The law school requirement has always struck me as sorta scammy.  

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