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They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby roranoa » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:19 pm

Is it true?

Do you become especially more logical or maybe even smarter?
Are you able to gain more insight on....say....the economy by thinking like a lawyer?

This seemed like a silly question even in my head but I'll just give it a try.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby 071816 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:21 pm

Your IQ automatically goes up 20 points upon completion of the first semester.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Tom Joad » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:22 pm

I am a 0L but I heard it turned you into an asshole.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby rad lulz » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:25 pm

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby GoldenGloves » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:33 pm

Tom Joad wrote:I am a 0L but I heard it turned you into an asshole.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby bk1 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:37 pm

roranoa wrote:Are you able to gain more insight on....say....the economy by thinking like a lawyer?


Halfway through 1L I realized the cure to our country's economic woes. I drafted a plan and sent it to Obama. He's implementing it as we speak and expects a full recovery around June of 2013.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Tom Joad » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:38 pm

bk1 wrote:
roranoa wrote:Are you able to gain more insight on....say....the economy by thinking like a lawyer?


Halfway through 1L I realized the cure to our country's economic woes. I drafted a plan and sent it to Obama. He's implementing it as we speak and expects a full recovery around June of 2013.

THANKS MAN!

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:38 pm

rad lulz wrote:Ya dude it makes you a cynical dick.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby dingbat » Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:53 pm

roranoa wrote:Is it true?

Do you become especially more logical or maybe even smarter?
Are you able to gain more insight on....say....the economy by thinking like a lawyer?

This seemed like a silly question even in my head but I'll just give it a try.

I've worked with a bunch of lawyers and have noticed many of them think differently.
It's not about being smarter, or more logical. It's really just in two ways that (well-trained) lawyers think differently:
1) more inquisitive: a good lawyer always tries to find out the next level of detail. Why is that the case? What else can you tell me about it?
2) more defensive: what can I do to protect myself? How can this come back to haunt me? Do I have proof of what you just said? How do I not leave "incriminating" evidence behind?

The first way of thinking is especially prevalent amongst trial lawyers
The second way of thinking is especially prevalent amongst corporate/transactional lawyers

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby roranoa » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:55 pm

dingbat wrote:
roranoa wrote:Is it true?

Do you become especially more logical or maybe even smarter?
Are you able to gain more insight on....say....the economy by thinking like a lawyer?

This seemed like a silly question even in my head but I'll just give it a try.

I've worked with a bunch of lawyers and have noticed many of them think differently.
It's not about being smarter, or more logical. It's really just in two ways that (well-trained) lawyers think differently:
1) more inquisitive: a good lawyer always tries to find out the next level of detail. Why is that the case? What else can you tell me about it?
2) more defensive: what can I do to protect myself? How can this come back to haunt me? Do I have proof of what you just said? How do I not leave "incriminating" evidence behind?

The first way of thinking is especially prevalent amongst trial lawyers
The second way of thinking is especially prevalent amongst corporate/transactional lawyers


Thanks for the only decent comment! :)

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby roranoa » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:57 pm

bk1 wrote:
roranoa wrote:Are you able to gain more insight on....say....the economy by thinking like a lawyer?


Halfway through 1L I realized the cure to our country's economic woes. I drafted a plan and sent it to Obama. He's implementing it as we speak and expects a full recovery around June of 2013.


Wow, I know the question is badly formulated but c'mon....

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby MTal » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:19 pm

Yeah, it changes the way you think about having 150k of non-dischargeable debt and no job.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Kabuo » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:29 pm

MTal wrote:Yeah, it changes the way you think about having 150k of non-dischargeable debt and no job.


lol. Was not expecting an MTal sighting in this thread. Law school making you smarter is laughable btw. It probably doesn't do anything, but if it does, it makes you dumber. Narrows the way you think to be useless in a lot of areas, and more effective in working within a set of rules.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Bobby Dazzler » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:30 pm

MTal wrote:Yeah, it changes the way you think about having 150k of non-dischargeable debt and no job.
rad lulz wrote:Ya dude it makes you a cynical dick.

Both of these are credited.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby solotee » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:42 pm

Law school helped clear my thinking and writing.. but I was just dumb to begin with ;)

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:43 pm

Tom Joad wrote:I am a 0L but I heard it turned you into an asshole.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby spleenworship » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:44 pm

I have become more inquisitive, more risk averse, and perhaps slightly more logical in an idiosyncratic way. I am also less sensitive to slights, more willing to be wrong (provided I lose nothing by doing so), and significantly more fatalistic.

Still, honestly, despite all that I don't feel that much different. Of course, I went in as a risk averse, inquisitive, pessimistic person, so maybe not that much different.
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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Top-Q » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:45 pm

Julio_El_Chavo wrote:
Tom Joad wrote:I am a 0L but I heard it turned you into an asshole.


This. But a little self restraint fixes the problem.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Gail » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:05 pm

You're more likely to be depressed. Probably more likely to be an alcoholic too.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby LSATNightmares » Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:11 pm

I've heard that, too, but I haven't really noticed anything after one semester. I nit-pick words more closely. I argue both sides more frequently. That's about it, though.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby LOLyer » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:15 pm

This may sound odd, but I personally think that constant mental strain makes your brain work faster (i.e. you become "smarter").

It's been stipulated that your brain can be exercised like a muscle to perform better. I agree with this.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby bk1 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:51 pm

LOLyer wrote:This may sound odd, but I personally think that constant mental strain makes your brain work faster (i.e. you become "smarter").

What constant mental strain?

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby LOLyer » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:48 pm

bk1 wrote:
LOLyer wrote:This may sound odd, but I personally think that constant mental strain makes your brain work faster (i.e. you become "smarter").

What constant mental strain?


Law school, of course.

Unless you're just so amazingly brilliant that high level academics are child's play, which is clearly the case with you. :roll:

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby Flash » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:54 pm

LOLyer wrote:
bk1 wrote:
LOLyer wrote:This may sound odd, but I personally think that constant mental strain makes your brain work faster (i.e. you become "smarter").

What constant mental strain?


Law school, of course.

Unless you're just so amazingly brilliant that high level academics are child's play, which is clearly the case with you. :roll:

If you think law school is hard, you're doing it wrong. The material's easy hence the curve.

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Re: They say law school totally changes the way you think

Postby 09042014 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:58 pm

Only if you are retarded and don't think analytically already. And I bet shitty schools don't even change that. Can't teach a downsie dog new tricks.




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