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No Substitute for Experience

Not long ago, I had a young lawyer ask me whether the best way to get trial experience was to sit second chair or just go to the courtroom and watch others in trial. That’s a difficult question to answer because it still lacks the requirement of experience.

So, here are some general thoughts from others on experience. Does this answer the young lawyer’s question?

Learn by experience- preferably someone else’s. (anonymous- he seems to be credited with many sayings)

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. (Carl W. Buechner)

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. (Vernon Law)

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. (Oscar Wilde)

The only source of knowledge is experience (Albert Einstein)

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions (Uncle of Anonymous)

And for pic o’ day, we have two on experience!


First, to experience it all:






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