Law schools teach law students to think and write “like lawyers.” Today’s changing economy, legal and informational climate and the average consumer of legal services (the client) cause today’s lawyer, law schools and law students to confront the question — what does it mean to think and write “like a lawyer?” Does the process meet the client’s goals? Is it realistic? Is it cost effective?

For generations, law schools have taught their students to problem-solve through the Socratic Method. Get to the answer through careful study and consideration of all possible options. Each option is fact- and legal theory-tested. No shortcuts. Explain how you get to the answer, why the other options were discarded and why the selected answer is the most appropriate. In short, as we learned in elementary math class, show your work! No credit is given for the right answer if there is no support provided.

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