Sunday, March 13, 2005

Rehearsal - the Ultimate Preparation

UelmenAn article by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Gerald F. Uelmen, "Getting Ready for the Face-Off," stresses the value of "mooting."

Professor Uelmen's article appears in the March 2005 issue of California Lawyer magazine, and is (of course) directed towards practicing lawyers.  Insofar as I consistently tell my students that "the practice of law begins now," in law school, I believe advice like this can be very helpful for them.

Here's what I mean: read Professor Uelmen's bio (click on his name, above), and you will see that he has had considerable experience representing clients in public forums.  In this article, he is explaining to other practitioners the value of "mooting" - that is, rehearsal.  Isn't that what we want our students to know?  Even the most experienced lawyers rehearse, considering it "invaluable experience."  So should our students.

(Article reprinted at link with author's permission - djt)

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