What Law School Didn’t Teach You: Litigation Deadlines and Other Technical Rules of Practice

Jordan Rothman
Law school does not teach you how to be an attorney; it hones the skills that are useful for practicing law.

Law school does not teach you how to be an attorney; it hones the skills that are useful for practicing law.

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Law school does not teach you how to be an attorney; it hones the skills that are useful for practicing law. In my first few weeks of school, I remember asking my civil procedure professor about deadlines for filing papers. He told me that technical rules were not important to understand in law school, and I would learn these points in my first job as an attorney. Why was I paying so much in tuition when I would still have so much to learn after graduation? Many bar exams don’t test for deadlines and technical rules, which is another important reason law schools should teach these principles.

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