Murphy’s Laws on Legal Studies

Murphy’s Law for Scientific Research.

If there is enough research, there will always be a trend in support of your theory.

Fordham rule.

The broader your legal library, the more time it takes to discover the fact that it lacks the material you need.

Gordon’s law.

If some scientific research is not worth doing at all, then it should not be done qualitatively.

Felson’s Law.

Stealing ideas from one person – plagiarism; theft in many – scientific research.

The law of Williams and Holland.

If a sufficient amount of data is collected, then by statistical methods it is possible to prove anything.

Thompson’s statement.

Any fact can be adjusted to any statement, if included in the latter additional assumptions.

The first law of progress in jurisprudence.

Progress in jurisprudence can be measured by the rate at which exceptions to previously adopted laws accumulate.


1. There are always more exceptions than rules.

2. There are always exceptions to existing exceptions.

3. By the time the exceptions are mastered and widely used, no one remembers the rules to which they apply.

Law of Souder.

Repetition does not provide certainty. A legal exception – a precedent that provides credibility.

The sixth law of Horwood.

If you have the correct data, then the task is incorrect.

The basic rule of history.

History is repeated, but historians repeat each other.

Rules for Paul.

1. Reject the last of the established truths that appear in the discovery list.

2. Add your own.

3. Pass the list on.

Coleman’s comment on Santayana’s observation.

Those who are unable to learn from the past are condemned to re-learn the course of history.

Law of Legal Research on Bates.

Scientific research is the process of bypassing alleys to see if they are dead ends.

Posting’s postulate.

The number of reasonable hypotheses that can explain any given phenomenon is infinite.

Law Valley on Scientific Research.

All old journal numbers will be available in the library, except for the one that is needed for your research.

Weiner’s Law for Libraries.

There are no answers – only solid cross-references.

Hansen’s library axiom.

In the nearest library of the material you need, you certainly do not.

Jacobson’s law.

The less work an organization does, the more often it is engaged in reorganization.

Rule Courtois.

If people listened to themselves more often, they would talk much less.

The Law of Swine.

The size of the report on the results achieved is inversely proportional to the results achieved. Morris’s Law.

The most interesting report will be planned simultaneously with another, almost as interesting.

Law of Trey.

Never throw a good idea on the table of some meeting. It will belong to this meeting.

Law of Lockland.

1. Never be the first.

2. Never be the last.

3. Never be a volunteer in anything.

Collins’ principle of scientific conferences.

After a hearty dinner, the speaker is given the most monotonous voice.

Stein’s Manual.

1. Knowledge based on external facts and testimonies is unreliable.

2. Logic is never able to establish what is possible and what is impossible.

Feinberg’s law. Memory serves only its master.

Young’s Law.

Only after you stumble on your own shoes, start to clean them.

Rule of Plutarch.

It is impossible to study what a person already already considers well-mastered.

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