One Mentoring Role: Teach the Art of Lawyering and Clear Up the Confusion


Did you read the recent New York Times Article: What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering? I certainly did not learn lawyering in law school and, even though law schools are changing, most students do not learn it either.

When your first year associates arrive at your firm each year, they know more about the science of law than they ever will in their career. After all, they will have just taken, and hopefully passed, the bar exam. They will know all about proximate cause from briefing the Palsgraft v. Long Island Railroad Co. case in law school, but they would not have a clue how best to work with Mrs. Palsgraft’s family, or how best to work with the Long Island Railroad Co. They know little or nothing about the art of lawyering because they have no experience working for real clients.

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