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Last week I had the privilege to talk to an independent study group of 3rd year law students at Duke Law about LGBT Law, and particularly about life and estate planning for domestic partners. While it has been almost 17 years since I graduated from law school, it was a big reminder that law school provides a lot of legal information and “trains the brain,” but it actually does very little to teach students the practical areas of law and being an attorney. As I looked back on my years of law school versus my years as an attorney, I had a few observations:

And so I wish those Duke Law students well as they approach graduation, and hopefully I was able to give them a little of the practical side of life and estate planning. But when they step off the graduation stage, the real education of becoming an attorney will begin.

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