Stephen Wizner


In 1850 Abraham Lincoln offered the following advice to new law students:

There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest... [T]he impression is common, almost universal. Let no young [person) choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief-resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.

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