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Thane Messinger:

--- Quote from: Nathaniel on October 17, 2012, 03:51:19 PM ---
--- Quote from: Thane Messinger on October 17, 2012, 03:43:31 AM ---Yes, a legal education will help in these ways, but so too will training in mathematics.  One question not always asked is whether one actually wants to do what law school is the prerequisite for: law practice.  I strongly suggest the work of Morten Lund in this area.  He's written three books on the realities of law practice.  They're short, and a (very) real-world look at what law school leads to.  I know everyone nags about reading this or that, but Lund's books really are important to see.  If you read those and still agree, you're in much better position to carry on.  If not, it's a cheap lesson.

Thane.

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If I go back to law school, then I am going to be geared towards starting my own private practice.  Law firm, shmall firm.  Big law, shmig law.  I think it's about private practice. 

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If you do go the solo route, reading Lund's (and other) work will be three times as important.  This is because associates and ADAs and PDs will get an intense training via their residencies/hazings that most other graduates simply do not get.  There's not a judge out there who will give a new graduate the same treatment as an experienced practitioner.  (And the same, to a large degree, between solos and biglaw attorneys.)   

This is one reason non-big-firm associates are so often dismissed within the rarified world of the bar.  If you can, take clinics in law school (and take them seriously), take appointments once admitted, work or volunteer for the PD, or some such, volunteer elsewhere (good for contacts), and more.  The experience will make a difference.

Thane.

Nathaniel:
Thane, but is law really necessary?!?   I am skeptical.  But the word combination "necessary evil" comes to mind.  Like, it's necessary and unnecessary at the same time.  Who knows?  Perhaps all this stuff is held together by really smart attorneys at the top.  However, I doubt I will go back to law school unless to keep playing some sort of "lawyer card" that everybody is forced to respect.
 

Julie Fern:
law what help keep us out coliseum.

Thane Messinger:

--- Quote from: Julie Fern on November 21, 2012, 08:06:39 PM ---law what help keep us out coliseum.

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Given our fancy new stadiums (stadia?) dotting the cities, do you think they can install trap doors under the astroturf for the lions? 

Julie Fern:
sure.  cheerleaders can use, too.

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