Skills Learned in Law School that Actually Translate into an Effective Legal Practice

Desiree Moore

Law schools do not, nor do they claim to, teach students how to practice law. A law school education is a necessary but insufficient foundation for a legal career. A law student or recent law school graduate may equate success in the law with the ability to recite the elements of an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim or to identify when a contract is subject to the Statute of Frauds. While such skills are important, success in a legal career certainly does not turn on these skills.

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