By Alison Pear
AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF PROFESSIONAL GROWTH – involves developing an ability to recognize and incorporate nonlegal considerations into the fabric of a legal situation. In law school, a standard exercise for students is to apply the law or legal principle to a problem. In legal practice, however, new attorneys must learn that being a lawyer often involves a number of factors that depend on not only the law but also the circumstances of the problem. Attorneys do not just apply a legal principle to a problem but also try to do so in the greater landscape of nonlegal considerations. What are the consequences and benefits of any given course of action? What does the client want? What are the time and money limitations? Even for the most junior attorneys, these aspects color how to represent a client….
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