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Pavan V. Parikh on Law School and The Real World Practice of Law

Illogical juries: How I learned to stop caring and love the system

Pavan V. Parikh
Saint Louis University School of Law

“Not guilty.” Like arrows into St. Sebastian, these two words strike pain and fear into the heart of any prosecutor. At first you think of failure. Law school prepared you for that. Law school taught you that not everyone gets an A. Law school taught you that only because you can fail you can succeed. It teaches you to channel that pain and fear into the next semester, the next paper, the next exam. It makes you stronger.

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Blogger Pat said...

Response to Pavan Parikh: It should be no great stretch for a lawyer to realize that he is essentially a regular person with special training and experience. One law school does instill the mistaken belief that a lawyer is in some way better or smarter than a non-lawyer.

I criticize this article for that inherent bias. Characterizing jury members as regular of common relegates them to a lower class, which lawyers should grudgingly respect. Very smart people serve on juries, people smart enough to evaluate and evidence and draw their own conclusions. They are no obstacle - they are a safeguard against, say, a prosecutor who takes the defendant's guilt as a plain fact, pretrial.

November 6, 2008 at 3:35 PM  

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