Why would any non-lawyer want to think like a lawyer? What’s the benefit of thinking like a lawyer? In this course, law professor Kim Wehle explains how thinking like a lawyer and employing the legal method of decision making helps eliminate emotional reactivity, confirmation bias, and other decision-making pitfalls in favor of evidentiary-based analysis. Kim highlights key aspects of decision making and problem solving, like identifying stakeholders affected in any decision, the importance of asking the right questions, identifying and prioritizing your goals, and exercising critical listening skills.
When you think like a lawyer, the result is more informed, thorough, and effective decisions that you can feel good about, regardless of the circumstances.
- Kim Wehle
Kim Wehle is an educator who demystifies the law for curious people who want to engage in informed debate.
Kim is a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches and writes on the powers of the federal government. She served as a legal analyst and news commentator for CBS News, and is a regular contributor to NPR, BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, Politico, The Hill, and The Atlantic. A practicing lawyer for 25+ years, Kim is a former assistant United States attorney and served as an associate independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation. She is the author of several books, including What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why, How to Read the Constitution—and Why, and the forthcoming Common Sense: A Lawyer’s Guide to Solving Problems in Everyday Life (HarperCollins).