This week’s podcast takes a look at the legal practice of contracts. We’ll hear from experts Frank Snyder, Professor at Texas Wesleyan School of Law; Steven Schooner, Professor at George Washington University Law School; and Brian Bix, Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Frank Snyder starts his comments by defining contract law and explaining it as an unusual part of the legal system, and speaks of its practical aspects and the importance of being attuned to the client’s needs. Professor Snyder finishes his comments by likening the practice of contract law with business advising, and mentions that those who are good business adviser will likely enjoy and do well with contract law. He also advises students to investigate all areas of legal practice that they are interested in to find the one they would like to specialize in.
Steven Schooner explains that contract law is a very different law practice than the more common practice areas of criminal, tort, or defense law. He underscores the fact that there seems to be no gray areas when it comes to students and contract law: Students either consider the field fascinating, they don’t. He says that if you find business and bargains interesting, contract law might be the practice for you—and a love of math and numbers helps, too.
Our final guest, Brian Bix, talks about contract law’s connection with many other specialties. Although undergraduate courses will not teach you much about the intricacies of contract law, Professor Bix tells budding law school student not to worry—law school will definitely give you the tools you need to succeed in the field. He ends his advice by saying that to be successful in this practice of law, face-to-face interaction and conversational skill is definitely a necessity.