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35 Bus. Law. 1493 (1979-1980)
Review

handle is hein.journals/busl35 and id is 1597 raw text is: Lawyering-A Realistic Approach to Legal Practice*
By James C. Freund
Reviewed by ELLIOTT GOLDSTEIN
In Lawyering, James C. Freund has written the book each of us had wanted
to write-the definitive volume for associates on how to practice law. There is,
however, one difference. Its style, analysis, organization and clarity make it a
better book than most of us could have written. Mr. Freund analyzes the skills
of the gifted lawyer and explains how to improve them, recognizes that the
practice of law involves constant communication with people and discusses
how best to deal with them and, finally gives examples of how his advice
should be applied in practice.
Mr. Freund recognizes that the trial by combat method of training
associates no longer works. Those of us who started our legal careers in the
days when each new associate was thrown into the middle of several matters
and expected to function immediately as a lawyer sometimes forget that there
was usually someone-a partner, associate or clerk-who was available to
discuss our problems and help us acquire the practical skills not taught in law
school. Mr. Freund has not forgotten, and he has collected in his book the
instructions and advice that each associate should receive from a sympathetic
partner if a part of each day were set aside for education of associates.
Mr. Freund does not believe in writing in the third person. The passive
neutral prose of bond counsel's approving opinion is not for him; he believes
that writing can be clear and concise, yet interesting and readable, and his
prose proves it. The book is written as though he were talking informally to an
associate. He discusses the skills the lawyer needs for success in practice-the
essential skills of analysis and communication-how to think, write, and talk
-the intangible skills of self-discipline and organization, and the essential
skills of dealing with partners and other colleagues, clients, and lawyers
outside the associate's firm. He includes a chapter on how to acquire and
exercise judgment. The book concludes with a series of detailed case exam-
ples, which summarize and apply the lessons of the chapters, and a message to
partners.
The book's chief value to associates is Mr. Freund's understanding of
human nature, his analysis of human behavior, and his keen enjoyment of the
company of the people with whom he deals. In these days of interaction and
interface, it is important that associates (and partners) realize that the
individuals with whom they deal are neither psychological case studies nor
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**Member of the Georgia and District of Columbia bars
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