Legal-Ease: Thinking like a lawyer

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Thinking like a lawyer requires analyzing situations in the context of laws and deciding whether they do or do not apply to that particular situation. To think like a lawyer requires four main attributes: separating situations into distinct parts, thinking without emotion, using logic, and analyzing situations from different perspectives.

Among the professors’ promises made to me when I started law school, the biggest was that I would be taught to “think like a lawyer.”

In today’s world, much of the world’s knowledge is easily accessible through the internet or in local libraries. However, serious, deep and analytical thinking is exhausting, and most of us try to avoid it. British painter Sir Joshua Reynolds once remarked that, “There is no expedient to which a man (or woman) will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.”

Read more about what it means to think like a lawyer in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Thinking like a lawyer

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Thinking like a lawyer,” by Lee R. Schroeder, May 21, 2016

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