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August 15, 2006

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Foggerty

My cousin is a magistrate. When I speak with her and she is talking about trails, it is very hard to understand his language. I am not working in this environment and I do not know why have I to listen and to comprehend her. She is in a special world where the words are different and interpretable.

Katherine

I had the same experience recently; when I decided not to return to law school... and suddenly realized, there's something else besides law!

Nick Williams

I whole heartedly agree with this post. I am now in my second year of law school and I have participated in two trial competitions and one Moot Court competition. I have learned more participating in these activities than in most of my substantive classes. I think the reason I have gotten so much out of these activities is because they taught me something very different from what the other classes teach; how to be the person I was before I started law school.

The best piece of advice I have gotten in preparation for trial competition came when I forgot a rule of evidence. My coach objected to a statement I'd made and it blanked me. I tried to explain in big legalese a principle of evidence law. It didn't go over well.

The attorney stopped me and said, "Nick, do you know what you are talking about?"

I responded "No."

"Then how is the jury going to know what you are talking about?"

Trial practice got much easier after that.

I learned that day that putting a J.D. behind your name didn't make you a different person. It just makes you think you are. I now reserve legalese for class and briefs. Talking big time lawyer talk doesn't impress anyone; usually it just makes people feel stupid. In a field with a poor reputation like the law, that is the last image we want to portray. You don't have to talk down to a jury, nor do you have to try and impress them with your vocabulary. Just talk to people like you did before law school brain washed you. I now it's crazy for some people to even consider after a year or two of the indoctrination of law school, but I promise it is possible.

-Nick Williams

Acting class Los Angeles

I guess its possible if you try to act like a regular person in front of the juries. I just remember now that even if it looks like real when you act, there are still glitches and juries may found out that you are only acting in the front of the court.

-peter

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