Honghu Wang (1L) with translations from the Editorial Board
Whereas the writers for Ultra Vires desire to help students complete their examinations with a style and verve which might showcase their most fulsome potential; and
Whereas the writers draw inspiration from cases past;
Therefore we present a brief guide containing phrases that you can drop on your way to an HHH, with translations provided for those who have not attended a British boarding school.
Legislate until the cows come home
And then they can finally legislate for once. Like, where are they even?
The peculiar value of news is in the spreading of it while it is fresh
Which, coincidentally, is the best use for Ultra Vires.
You cannot reap what you do not sow
None of you are cut out for subsistence farming.
The sauce to meat is ceremony
We’re getting sauced.
The falsehood is a little more subtle, the injury a little more indirect, than in ordinary cases of unfair trade, but I think that the principle that condemns the one condemns the other. It is a question of how strong an infusion of fraud is necessary to turn a flavor into a poison
If you fall asleep before you finish reading my decision then it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not.
You can’t take two bites at the cherry
You can, however, take two bites at the apple.
No doubt a garden is a pleasure – on high authority, it is the purest of pleasures.
My garden is a private space and I don’t recommend walking in unannounced.
As a general matter, the law sometimes protects investors from the ‘free riding’ of others; and sometimes it does not.
Or, the story of how we’re going to copy the Osgoode Hall Law School student newspaper from now on.
Stock in trade
What exactly a stock is remains unclear, Business Organizations no longer being a required course.
Used to express a conclusion for which there is stronger evidence than for a previously accepted one.
My original six-pack abs before I started law school.
Ipso facto that I didn’t actually ever have six-pack abs.
Person A: Knock Knock
Person B: Who’s there?
Person A: Intersession
Person B: Inter se-
Person A: [Interrupting] Don’t even fucking talk to me about intersession.
When a Supreme Court Justice goes streaking.
Sine qua non
From the Latin for “I don’t actually understand Latin”.
Important for understanding compound interest.
Regarding legal French:
Pur autre vie
In which you wrote a best-selling novel and retired to the south of France.
Pur sa vie
In which you work weekends so that a senior partner can retire to the south of France.
Regarding literary quotes
“Sit a monkey in front of a typewriter and by chance it may be able to write Romeo and Juliet of Shakespeare, however, it is unlikely” (Umberto Eco)
It is more likely that it will write an HH Constitutional Exam.
Regarding parts of the body:
It doesn’t lie in your mouth…
It lies in mine, gimme.
You can’t blow and suck at the same time
As s/he then was
Just in case you missed the memo on my/their promotion.
You are a moron.
With great respect
You are a moron and also you’ve got a dumb face.
With the utmost respect
You are loathsome, arrogant, and fundamentally unjust. You hide behind your status like a coward. You have a chronic inability to master any social skills. You are pedantic, aggressive and petty in your daily life. You have obliterated any humanity from your judicial position. You have non-existent listening skills. You have a propensity to use your court — where you lack the courage to hear opinions contrary to your own — to launch ugly, vulgar, and mean personal attacks, which not only confirms that you are as loathsome as suspected, but also casts shame on you as a judge. You are unable to face your detractors without hiding behind your judicial position.
Regarding trial strategy
At the trial his plight was plain
Lookit this poor fuck.
Belt and suspenders approach
With respect, the honourable counsel needs to adhere to the Law of Fashion.
Man and boy defence
With great respect, the honourable counsel needs to stop copying Muddy Waters’ hit single as a defence strategy.
With the utmost respect, the honourable counsel needs a better hair care regime.