Think back to a favorite teacher, one who could turn complicated and confusing theories into simple pieces of knowledge. Applying that knowledge to the problem at hand, and voilà! Problem solved. Compare that teacher to one who was so wrapped up in academia that she refused to lower herself to the students’ level, believing that simple explanations were for simple minds.

Trial lawyers occupy the same position in the courtroom that teachers do in the classroom. It’s their job to identify and simplify key, complex elements of the case before speaking to a judge and jury. Trial lawyers should model courtroom teaching after the teacher who measured success by the students’ interest and who knew students could grasp complex subjects through effective use of simple communications. Here are three things lawyers should learn from teachers.

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