Lawyers are More than just Lawyers Today

Beyond Law SchoolI read an article today that was written a while ago but holds its weight easily as we see signs of an economic recovery.

The article is “Why Law School is for Everyone” by Frank Wu in US News and World Report.  Frank’s premise is that “The practice of law is crucial to our lives together” and I agree that today’s JD graduate is more than just an attorney or lawyer.

Frank writes “They have long been coming to law school planning to adapt their training to myriad pursuits. They benefit from their ability to interpret a statute, even if they end up opening a restaurant.”  A law degree is an education in a deeper level of reasoning and contributes to the success of any pursuit and the flexibility to choose different paths.

The days of the typical lawyer who practices law and becomes an attorney have been evolving and will continue to evolve; as Frank Wu states, even in the practice of law “Lawyers must be more than merely lawyers. More than ever before, they need to blend analysis of legal doctrines with skills from accounting or physics or foreign languages. Hence, the trend toward lawyer-doctors, lawyer-engineers, lawyer-businesspeople, and so on.”

The best legal education should extend and deepen a JD’s prior interests, and, if that person practices law, should bring the wealth of prior experience to bear on his or her practice.

Find the full article by Frank Wu at:

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on May 4, 2010.

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