By Ralph Warner, Publisher of NOLO PRESS (www.nolo.com)
Most Americans have little confidence in lawyers and a great deal of cynicism about our courts. For their part, lawyers and judges aren’t happy, either. When polled, 70% of American lawyers said they would not recommend that their children enter the profession. Judges, even those serving on formerly prestigious state supreme courts, are resigning in record numbers.
Why has the American legal profession so thoroughly lost its way? Although there are a number of unrelated causes, its most fundamental failures can be traced to American Law School.
Here is the opinion of Gerry Spence (www.gerryspence.com), a most renowned trial lawyer, who puts on trial skills seminars for lawyers from his best selling book, “With Justice for None”, Buyer Beware!
“Every year the law schools disgorge [release] their latest graduates. Thousands of eager, wide-eyed young men and women who finally pass the Bar Exam of their state are loosed [released] upon the unsuspecting American Public. Most have no more experience than a surgeon who has been dissecting frogs in a biology class.”
“Although every law school offers a course in trial practice and some permit their students to take part in certain clinical programs, in which the student can honestly claim, he actually saw a real client and actually saw an inside of a real courtroom, no law student in America receives competent training in the art of advocacy, and left to their own devices, many never acquire it, let alone perfect it, in an entire career at the bar.”