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While it may seem that a majority of Americans are lawyers, many Americans probably have little direct contact with the law in their own personal lives. Their exposure to and knowledge of the law is gained from popular culture: novels, television, and movies. If a person were to judge from these novels, television shows, and movies, he would assume that the law is mainly involved in the prosecution and defense of those accused of crimes and that most lawyers practice criminal law. For whatever reason, writers of fiction have either been unable or have chosen not to attempt to convey the excitement and reward that is experienced by lawyers who draft wills, represent landlords in tenant evictions, or represent banks in garnishment proceedings.


This article was originally published in the Valparaiso University Law Review of the Valparaiso University Law School.

An electronic copy of the article has been made available in this electronic Repository with permission from the author(s) under the doctrine of fair use for nonprofit educational purposes.