Preparing 'Main Street' Lawyers: Practicing Without Big Firm Experience

17 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013  

Lisa Reel Schmidt

Drake University - Law School

Steve Garland

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Robert R. Statchen

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This Article is the transcript of a panel presented at Emory’s Third Biennial Conference on Transactional Education. The panelists advance two premises: First, that law schools need to teach transactional skills because many students will either focus on transactional law or practice general law where transactional skills are necessary; and second, that some of the transactional skills the schools teach should be specific to main street lawyering because a number of students will be main street lawyers. The panelists explain how the transactional skills necessary for main street lawyering differ from skills needed in litigation and big law firms. They offer ideas of approaches and assignments professors can use in classes and clinics to teach law students the transactional skills necessary for main street lawyering.

Keywords: contract drafting, transactional skills, main street lawyering, legal education, legal clinics, teaching strategies

Suggested Citation

Schmidt, Lisa Reel and Garland, Steve and Statchen, Robert R., Preparing 'Main Street' Lawyers: Practicing Without Big Firm Experience (2013). Transactions, Vol. 14, p. 473, 2013; Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-9; Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper No. 2314038. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2314038

Lisa Reel Schmidt

Drake University - Law School ( email )

27th & Carpenter Sts.
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

Steve Garland

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

Robert R. Statchen (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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