Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I really think they need to add practical courses on people skills and negotiation to the law school curriculum. The Negotiations course I took was one of the most useful courses I had in law school. I use those skills every day. But it never ceases to amaze me when I see some attorney walking around the courthouse acting like a self-important jerk. They don't realize that makes it less likely that judges, opposing counsel, and courthouse staff are going to do them any favors. One bad experience was all it took for me to swear off ever agreeing to provide assistance to a civil attorney handling a criminal case.
Law school attracts too many Type-A personalities -- the same type of people who annoyed me in law school are the same type of people who annoy me now as attorneys.
It's why I have very few friends who are lawyers. They're generally just boring people who don't add much to a conversation unless it's some way of patting themselves on the back.