I attended only the minimum number of classes in law school and studied even less. I waited until the last week or two to read the material for all of my classes. My grades were mediocre, yet I passed the Bar Exam on the first attempt. Obviously, the exams call for a good line of bull and, as an English major, my credentials were apparently superior. This, I think, speaks volumes about the importance of law school and its training model ..
In the practice of law, bull may not fly you quite as far, or as easily. No, what I found was most necessary it was a complete disregard for ethics or justice. I know there are some exceptions out there but, generally speaking, there are good reasons for the animosity expressed by the public. And I think this situation has a great deal to do with the training (or lack thereof) in the schools. There's a big difference between "thinking" and "rationalizing," as there is a big difference between being smart and being simply a smartass.