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October 09, 2007


Sharon Lovell

I shot you a tweet about this post. Cannot say enough of how I will implement and use this manifesto when I begin school in three VERY short months. Yes, I want to pick your brain about lawyering and this is giving me good pickings! Feel free to tweet me @noreinsgirl or my email.

Garrett Worley

Great manifesto!

The quicker law students accept the fact that law is a business, the better off they'll be. Unfortunately, law school won't teach you how to build and maintain a law practice. For that, you'll need an RSS reader.


Wow, great stuff.

#12 isn't entirely true, however. I think this is more accurate: "12. Except for prosecutors, public defenders, and tort lawyers from rural areas making 1/3d the amount you do, nobody tries cases anymore."

In rural states, the tort lawyers really do take a lot of cases to trial, and are good at it. They just don't make much money doing it, and none of them like doing it.


I agree with most of the lines, except numbers 10 and 12. Lawyers licensed for 4 days can win arguments. Lawyers licensed 2 months can try cases. And work with clients. But you have to go to a small firm to do it. Regardless, I think this should be required to be read with law school applications. It is trade school. And law office management and client management are the most important untaught skills in law school


Wonderful tips! And amen to No. 4 -- although I'd insert "Saks" for "Starbucks." :)


Great list!!! If more students actually worked at law firms before law school, the enrollment numbers would probably go way down.


And law school doesn't teach you anything about passing the Bar...you are WAY on your own for that...


I'm living #10...I need a paper-cut rider on my health insurance plan....


Excellent! Especially #10.

Ray Ward

A most excellent manifesto. I might quibble a little with # 3. After all, you can't write well without understanding the topic and (maybe more importantly) the audience. And while writing is critical to success in law school (due to written final exams), it's pretty important in the practice too. And I'm not too sure about # 13 -- some personal-injury lawyers make a killing working with people, while a certain special counsel I know makes a decent living working for corporations. But nevertheless this is a fine manifesto, which law students should take to heart.

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