Saturday, August 10, 2013

Something Different: Aztec and Maya Law

In a few days, law school libraries will be filled with new 1Ls digging into case briefs and their first law school assignments.  But law libraries offer much more than books, databases, a comfy and collaborative environment, and the help of your favorite librarians. Many law libraries have produced outstanding online exhibits of law related history and art, drawn from their own collections and archives. One of my favorites--fun to explore and beautifully illustrated--is "Aztec and Maya Law," from the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law.  Before the new semester starts, spend a few minutes with this absorbing presentation of criminal, commercial, family, military and international law as practiced by these ancient civilizations. You'll discover some surprising similarities, as well as dramatic contrasts, with our 21st century judicial systems.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

No comments: