About the Young Advocates Series

AuthorJohn Hollander
about the young advocates series
about the young advocates series
About the Young Advocates
   to bridge the gap between law school and
law practice? It used to be that experience in both trans-
actions and courtrooms taught junior lawyers everything
that law school missed. Today, the legal system has be-
come so complex that trials are few and far between, and
those that occur take weeks or months, not days. Trans-
actions are also far more complex than they once were. It
always seems that so much is at stake — all the time.
e result of all this complexity is that senior lawyers
do not generally assign signicant responsibility to their
juniors. ey delegate tasks, not les. A junior litigator or
transactions lawyer simply does not learn as much or as
well when playing a subordinate role when compared to
having full responsibility for a le.
Traditionally, law schools teach legal theory and legal
analysis. Increasingly, however, they have started to teach
some students entry-level practicalities, from trial advocacy
to negotiation to alternative dispute resolution. ey teach
to enable students to succeed in law school, but not to suc-
ceed in law practice. is may come in the future, but law
schools are a long way from accomplishing that today.

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