apper123 wrote:With a few exceptions, mastering black letter law really is not difficult at all. Issue spotting and applying are a different story.
IMO, issue spotting and applying the law are easy if you can truly "master" the law. Not just memorize everything and slowly regurgitate it after a few seconds of thought... but a fluency in the law that comes from internalizing everything.
I would think it's similar to reading a book about a language, learning the grammar and amassing a huge vocabulary, but being unable to keep pace with a fluent speaker simply because you're incapable of processing the vast amount of knowledge you have. Once you really internalize legal concepts and BLL, applying the law should become a simple(r) matter. Issue spotting is a derivative of this since once you have a firm grasp of the ins-and-outs of the law you can see where things are in dispute and can argue both sides by taking from case law, policy, statutes, codes etc.