Critical thinking and analytical rigor are essential to teaching and learning law, and to the development of sound legal principles. (Socrates and Langdell were correct in that.) The role of the emotions and personal values of those involved in constructing law, and representing clients is an often unrecognised, but equally powerful element in the process. Understanding this dynamic will contribute significantly to the constructive development of the law, more effective teaching and learning, critical judgement, more effective lawyering, and the development of a morally and ethically grounded role identification, i.e. to all that it means to be a lawyer in a modern democratic society.