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Initial post: Sep 6, 2009 9:47:17 AM PDT
Jon G says:
Is anyone on here a lawyer? If so, do you think that your training has helped you if you have/ever should seek public office? Why or why not? If you had any advice for someone considering law school what would it be? Thanks for your time.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 11:20:28 PM PDT
Before going to law school, as yourself two questions that many people, including myself (inexplicably), do not ask b/f going to law school:

1. What do lawyers do?

2. Is that what I want to do?

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 4:49:01 PM PDT
Before you go to law school for any reason, you must read "An Elephant In The Living Room - Is It Too Late To 'Kill All The Lawyers'?", by Wendell Whitney Thorne, a former trial lawyer. The practice of law and the idea of "thinking like a lawyer" provides the necessary background to facilitate partial disclosure, which, in these troubled times, appears to be the language of the elected.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2009 10:01:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2009 9:12:26 PM PST
Cuvtixo says:
Wendell, did you write this book? Looks very interesting!

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 12:24:12 PM PST
Hey Cuvtixo...Just an objective comment; this book is REQUIRED READING for anybody stupid enough to be considering law school.

thanks for the comment

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 12:28:36 PM PST
Any thoughts on making a Kindle version of that book? Just curious I guess.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2009 5:16:49 PM PST
Amazon is supposedly working on it; seem to be a bit behind on the Kindle effort for a lot of titles. Thanks for your interest. An Electronic, downloadable copy can be purchased at just enter my name or the title...thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2009 6:13:22 AM PST
Thanks Wendell, I appreciate the information.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 6:56:37 PM PST
Law school is powerful preparation for multiple career paths, including politics. For me, it opened the doors not only to law practice, but also to teaching, writing, and many leadership opportunities (although I have intentionally avoided the lure of political leadership so far). But bear in mind, law school is not exactly fun. You'll often be pushed to the limit, so be prepared for a tough few years.

Posted on Dec 19, 2009 11:30:05 AM PST
Cuvtixo says:
Here's an alternative to law school: Law School in a Box: All the Prestige for a Fraction of the Price (Mental Floss Presents)

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 1:49:40 AM PDT
Jayne Bennet says:
Please tell me what you think about the following scenario, and kindly let me know?? Regarding the guy in question, what would YOU do? Would you sue, scare, or smack-upside-the-head? I made an incredibly huge mistake YEARS ago, and dated a guy who was driving me nuts within a week. He was a "begger," so breaking up was basically Borg-like "futile". Eventually, I just HAD to put my foot down and tell him to get lost. Said breakup occurred in 2006 (NO further contact from me; HE was a different story). Example of how he views himself (copied and pasted -- Subject line and the only sentence he placed in the email):

"And You'll Never Find A Better Lover...
I miss making love to you..."
(*cough* in his DREAMS!!)

(A wet rag was a better lover, and no one else [only "Little Miss Softy" here] PITIED him enough to sleep with his sorry behind.) You get the picture, I'm sure.

He has since moved to a bordering state, where he claims to have found a "petite, gorgeous, 'NICE AND SANE'" (I've seen her photo... I don't think I'd use the same words to describe her; but to each his own) girl to cover his expenses, and he found an entry-level job at that state's government. (Entry level for state employees is laughable; been there, done that, but thankfully I moved up the ranks due to my continuing education and my DRIVE to get OUTTA the pitiful position that I was in.)
But I digress... The stooge I saw for about three months could not or would not leave me alone. He went to web sites and web pages that he knew I had, and posted nastiness ALL OVER them. I deleted all of it as it appeared, and pretended (to him) that it never, ever happened. No point in letting him know that I'd seen and read it at all. He kept this kind of stupidity up for at least two years, but then -- quiet. I thought he had stopped, and forget all about the idiot. Until today. I saw my pain management specialist today (well, yesterday -- June 28), and the appointment started off with my doctor holding a sheet of paper and asking if I knew [fill in name of ex-"boyfriend" here]. He'd had the unmitigated GALL to write to my doctor via email -- THIS MONTH!! -- and make outrageous statements that ranged from severe exaggerations to flat-out LIES! If my doctor didn't know me as well as he does, that could have ended VERY BADLY. It took me YEARS to find a doctor who specializes in my conditions (which the moronic ex never believed existed anyway -- or, IF they did, they weren't NEARLY as incapacitating as I claimed). His non-belief was one of the reasons -- JUST one of them -- that I *dumped* the slime. He's also severely bipolar and won't stay on medication long enough to stabilize. (This is a confirmed diagnosis, and he has Lithium that he's supposed to be taking, as well as various antidepressants [one at a time] until they find one that works for him.

There must be something I can do to at least put the fear of God in the jerk for potentially interfering with my medical care!! A letter on legal letterhead or something?! We've been NOTHING to each other in at least four years!! He needs to stop harassing me -- and soon! Following me around the internet and basically painting graffiti on my sites was bad enough. My reputation COULD have taken a hit from that if I didn't catch it before other people saw it... I am in NO mood for his retarded antics! Not. At. All!!

Is this libel, at least? And considering the jerk's email to my pain management specialist -- there must be AT LEAST one other charge he can be hit with!! My medical care is NOT a joke, and it's NOT to be trifled with!! After FOUR YEARS of this, I HAVE HAD IT!!

Thanks, mes amies...
Love, Jayne

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 8:56:59 AM PDT
Moses says:
Buy a gun and learn how to use it safely and accurately.
It's always better for you to be the one that gets to say "I'm sorry but you asked for it".*

* Not legal advice, just common sense. Your friend is not sane.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 9:19:21 AM PDT
ALAN says:
As a law professor, I am obviously biased, but I really do think law school is excellent prep for public office and a great place to meet people who will support your efforts later.

Alan, Quid Pro Books, publisher of the new student-edited The Intersection of Intellectual Property Law and the "Green" Movement: RIPL's Green Issue 2010 (IP Law Series)

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 9:22:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2014 9:36:26 PM PDT
John Jay says:
If you would be a lawmaker, judge or executive branch employee, will education to be a trial attorney or licensed legal advisor be the best graduate school experience?

It will be the most popular path to government service, IMO. It will also be the most effective-- again IMO.

A PHD in History would be the next most useful approach to government service.

Being a lawyer, which is what I was, is not necessarily any help in answering your question. Many lawyers are clever in direct and cross examination. Many are skilled writers. All have a problem with "Justice" when, in Dickens' words, "the LAW is an ass."

I would say GO go law school-- and try to achieve high grades and a love for reading, writing and public speaking. If it costs a lot of money, try in your professional career to change our system to one where education is free.

As between law and electrical engineering (computer science-- hardware, software, or both), become an engineer. Engineering is harder-- largely on account of the math-- which is never properly taught.

If I were KING no one would study law-- because law would not be a licensed profession. All judges would be laymen-- and having practiced law would bar you from service as judge or juryman, and from elective and appointive office-- for five years from the day you quit the practice.

. . . . . Why so tough on ex-lawyers? Because many laws are unjust and too many others are not required to meet stated objectives.
. . . . . In short, law finds itself legal with or without a recognizable purpose.

Forget the law-- pursue wealth and money enough to buy the rules. Or have I contradicted myself ? -- Remember, every legal argument has two sides-- one of them wrong and the other one worse.

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