Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Paradox? Puzzle #6

A law student (no not my wife) promises to pay his law professor when he wins his first case. He then decides not to practice law and takes no cases. The professor sues the student for his fees. Here are the arguments:

Professor's argument
* If I win, my student must pay, by the court's decision
* If he wins, the student must pay, by our agreement
* Either way, he must pay me

Student's argument
* If I win, I need not pay, by the court's decision
* If my professor wins, I need not pay, by our agreement
* Either way, he must pay me

Who is wrong?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the professor has no case and should not be able to sue based on the contract. He may sue him for some other reason and then loses the case (i.e. the student wins)then the professor may be paid(depending on the specifics of the contract, whether mention of monetary compensation was included in the contract or Just because he wins, he has to pay)
Nice case.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming the student represents himself, he will win the case and need not pay the professor. But as soon as student wins, professor can sue him again and get his fees!

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paradoxes are very interesting if you start to apply your brain. Google up and you will find many good paradoxes on the net. Many are worth the read.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

googling i found other great paradoxes!

9:38 AM  

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