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Have You Learned to Think Like a Lawyer?

At Future Lawyer, Rick Georges links to this post at the Law Librarian Blog, which highlights an upcoming journal article on thinking like a lawyer. The article posits that many lawyers aren't trained well enough in law school to synthesize cases or fail to use this skill to its full potential. As a result, they often aren't able to "produce the analysis needed to represent clients effectively."

This article seems to buck the recent trend, described in this earlier post of weaning lawyers away from studying theory to focusing more on practical skills. And in his post, Rick Georges ponders whether thinking like a lawyer is a good thing or bad thing. For Georges, the phrase "thinking like a lawyer" conjures up memories of Professor Kingsfield on the Paper Chase and Georges' own experiences with relationships gone badly because his significant other accused him of "thinking like a lawyer." 

Do you think law school teaches students to think too much like lawyers -- or not enough? And is thinking like a lawyer a skill that some are born with -- or one that can only be acquired through training and practice?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on September 27, 2007 at 03:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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