One of the best ways to prepare for anything is to read as much as you can. Unfortunately, many new lawyers don’t know enough about what is required of them when they start practicing, so they end up wasting time reading too much about boilerplate and trying to memorize all of it. Many lawyers, like myself, do not have all of the time in the world to be reading every single word on every legal document they might have a chance to take before they pass the bar. To help out, Law Schools has set forth the Bar Exam, which includes an exhaustive list of boilerplate examples. The best way for a new lawyer to prepare for this crucial test is to get ahead of the game by memorizing as much as possible, including all of the boilerplate found within the Bar Exam.
Law Courses teach students to take the examination as comprehensively as possible. This means that law school teachers help their students to memorize all of the boilerplate that will be found on the exam, and also about any other matter that will be included on the exam. In addition, these teachers will often give students practice tests to get them ready for the real thing. Although Law Courses teach students to memorize the boilerplate, they also teach them to use it correctly. So how does a new lawyer to take the test and memorize all of the boilerplate?
First, the lawyer must find a source of legal boilerplate examples. A quick trip to any public law library or legal dictionary should yield plenty of legal boilerplate examples. Then, the new lawyer must choose a topic from the examples that best describes the question and situation that he or she is asked to analyze. Once the lawyer has chosen a topic, he or she can begin reading.
Another way that lawyers can learn to take legal boilerplate examples seriously is to remember to ask questions. It’s very easy to read a couple of examples and get an idea of how the law works. However, most people don’t read the entire example carefully. A question mark appears usually at the end of an example. It’s up to the reader (a layman) to interpret the meaning of the question mark. The fact that a legal professional has put out the question means that he or she at least considered the issue.
Some people take the question mark as a sign that the writer didn’t understand the passage. Even so, legal boilerplate is often used so frequently that the average person can probably understand it. If a legal practitioner feels that his or her explanation of a specific example is not clearly understood, he or she may be able to take the reader onto a webpage where they can find more information. For some, it’s worth it to pay the extra money for a professional teacher.
It’s important to remember that legal boilerplate examples are only given to help lawyers prepare for depositions. It is not a legal requirement to read every single example that is used in court. In fact, many of the boilerplate that is used has nothing to do with the law. It’s not necessary to use all of them; sometimes a simple explanation is enough.
Unfortunately, some people take the legal boilerplate examples that they are presented with literally and metaphorically. Sometimes the words mean the same thing but have different meanings. For instance, if a person is walking across a bridge on a hot summer day, it would seem odd to think that the words “on the bridge” mean “hot summer.” In fact, the term is used to describe the fact that the temperature is unusually high. It’s always best to consult a legal practitioner to be sure that the information that’s being presented is accurate and legally sound.