Thoughts flutter throughout the day. Few stay, few flit, few need to be celebrated. Thoughts are man’s gift, valuable enough to cherish for infinity. In a hope to immortalize those thoughts, I etch words onto this blog wishing all the way to carry them further into the world.
When I let people know I’m a law student they think it is amusing
to tell me ‘Ha, all lawyers are liars.” No, it’s not funny. Not at all.
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The job of a lawyer is to defend his client, so yes, he is
placed in situations where he is required to bend the truth, as in spin the fact
in a way that benefits him. He does not lie, per se. Because that is unlawful
and no lawyer is stupid enough to risk being disbarred by providing false
evidence to the court. Let me explain this further- say you are brought before
the court of law for assaulting a man. And this is not the first time your
temper(infamous one of that) has got you into trouble.
When the prosecutor (the one against you) calls you a
habitual offender because you have done this before, I (your lawyer) will defend
you by saying you have bi polar hence not of sound mind. Both the lawyers do
not dispute the fact that you have done this before (assaulting, I mean), we do
not lie about that. We only twist the
fact to our benefit. Get it?
No, lawyers/law students are not liars. We do not propagate lying.
In fact, in the term of my
internships, I’ve encountered that a dishonest
lawyer doesn’t receive much respect. He is spoken of as someone you cannot
trust. Every profession has those odd ones who do not understand professional
ethics, it is not concentrated in the field of law alone.
If people think all lawyers are going to hell for the sin of
manipulation, let me remind those nice folks that lawyers twist the truth for them. To defend them. This is one of the hundred reasons I would say law is a noble
I’ve heard this said multiple times before. As a novice in
law school, I took the quote to mean literally. For me the words ‘a great
lawyer knows the judge” meant I had to know him personally (like take him out
to lunch or buy him expensive gifts) so that when he gives out a judgment, it
is favoring me.
It was in second year of school, did I really start to see
the true light behind this sentence. No, it does not mean what you think it
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What the quote is actually trying to say that apart from
having excellent knowledge in law, the advocate must understand the judge he is arguing before. This revolves around
studying the judge’s psychology. Each man or woman have their personal way of
understand, learning and perspective. When you know what the language they
understand is, your arguments will be framed to drive home your message.
One of the essentials of communication is “knowing the
audience” and this quote is saying just that. Know how your judge thinks. For
instance, if you informal in your arguments and the judge you are before is
strict about such decorum, you will want to modify your style of speech to a
more formal one to get the judge’s approval.That is what this means.
Next time you want to think of lawyers as liars, you will be
grossly wrong. And a great lawyer does not “bribe” the judge. That’s two fallacies