During our first week of law school, we were told by a professor that law school would ruin all of our favorite legal tv shows and movies. The professor told us that we’d watch the shows and realize just how far from reality they are. I agree with that — some shows are pretty far fetched and they emphasize things that just wouldn’t happen in real life (you’ll rarely see a jury consultant in any of my trials like in “Bull”). Yet, there’s also some things we all see in legal (or non-legal) shows or read in legal and non-legal books that lawyers can use everyday.
Going through law school can cause funnel vision for many lawyers. They think the world operates one way, when in reality it sometimes works a lot like the things you see in TV shows and read in books. After graduating from law school I realized I’d been living in a bubble — I knew some latin phrases and knew how the law worked, but fancy latin phrases and all the legal knowledge in the world won’t get you far with many of the juries I’ve appeared in front of. After passing the bar exam I had all the legal requirements necessary to practice law: A law degree and a law license. What I’ve learned, and what many other attorneys have learned is that those two things will only get you so far if you want to be a good trial lawyer.