Duquesne Law Review


One of the paradoxes of American law review writing at its present stage of development is the concern which contributors demonstrate for esoteric matters when fundamental areas remain to be further explored or clarified. While an occasional article dealing with a so-called elementary area is published, most law review writing considers narrow areas where controversy rages or is started by the writing. There is a great need for legal scholarship in the narrow areas, but this modest piece is dedicated to the function of clarification. It is a response to this writer's observation of the fog or mystery which surrounds that nexus of ideas grouped under the title, "The Parol Evidence Rule." There are few, if any, new ideas here, but it is hoped that the attempt to expose concisely the quintessence of the subject will aid many students, some lawyers, and perhaps a few judges.

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