In what way is a lawyer's work and life mythic? What do lawyers by way of work and life know of myth? How does myth shape our work and our lives as lawyers?



misplaced myth

law as cultural god


who are you

how myth works


Created by James R. Elkins, Professor of Law, West Virginia University. A work-in-progress posted: August 28, 1999.


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crossing over

illusion of myth-less-ness

profane lawyering


a world in which we find ourselves



My interest in mythology has found its way into courses taught at the Department of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at the College of Law, West Virginia University. I am, as a perusal of these web-pages will indicate, still trying to figure out what it means to have a mythic sensibility. I know only this: without myth we are lost in the swirling morass of the everyday and the cultural fashions of the moment.