Imagine - Learning from Lawyers How to Be a Lawyer


Until our modern era, most lawyers learned their profession, and "The Business of Law®", by apprenticing themselves to practicing lawyers, learning from them by watching and doing. Today there is, for example, a substantial difference between the way lawyers and doctors are trained. Doctors, of course, put in years of residency as part of their training. They work in hospitals and clinics, treat patients, observe other doctors as they go on their rounds. Most doctors begin their medical careers with a very good idea of what they will face. They also, for the most part, have a good "generalist" understanding of what providing health care services is all about. In contrast, law school students read about the law rather than engaging in it. When they graduate, young lawyers rarely know how to interview clients [Listen to Ed interview Tom Kane on the subject of client interviews and practice development], advocate for their positions, negotiate a settlement, or perform any number of other tasks that lawyers do every day.

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