The Place of Perspective in the Law and Legal Education

John O. Mudd, The Place of Perspective in the Law and Legal Education, 26 Gonz. L. Rev 277 (1990)

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INTRODUCTION

In recent years American lawyers and the education they receive have come under intense scrutiny and criticism.’ Whether lasting change will result from this concern and rhetoric remains to be seen. A frequently proposed direction for change calls for combining the teaching of traditional legal subjects with instruction in the skills needed to perform as a lawyer. To make progress in this direction it is important to have a clear picture of the elements of effective lawyer performance and how they relate to each other.

This essay attempts a step in that direction by examining a particular dimension of lawyering that has thus far received little attention. Among the many abilities needed to practice law is the capacity to view legal problems within a frame of reference; to be able to describe matters, not just in legal terms, but also taking account of the many non-legal factors that bear upon them. The resulting set of understandings through which lawyers grasp the larger meaning of a legal problem, position or fix it within the context of forces relevant to its solution, and accurately assess the impact of their own activity on the problem is what I have called “perspective.”… Read More

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