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What Abraham Lincoln's Legal Career Can Teach Aspiring Lawyers

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is often remembered for his leadership during the Civil War and his role in ending slavery. However, before entering politics, Lincoln was a successful lawyer in Illinois. So what can law students and aspiring lawyers learn from the legal career of Abraham Lincoln?

Legal Career

Lincoln’s legal career spanned over 20 years, during which time he argued more than 200 cases before the Illinois Supreme Court. His work as a lawyer played an important role in shaping his views on justice and the law, and there are many lessons that aspiring lawyers can learn from his example.

Lincoln’s legal career began in 1836, when he was admitted to the bar in Illinois. At the time, he had no formal legal training, but he taught himself the law by reading books and attending trials. He soon became known for his ability to communicate complex legal arguments in plain language, and for his attention to detail and preparation. These skills would serve him well throughout his career.

Hard Work and Perseverance

One of the most important lessons that aspiring lawyers can learn from Lincoln is the importance of hard work and perseverance. Lincoln was known for his tireless work ethic and his dedication to his clients. He often worked long hours and traveled great distances to attend court hearings and meetings with clients. He also had a deep commitment to the rule of law, and he believed that every individual had the right to a fair trial and access to justice.


Lincoln was known for his meticulous preparation before trials, and he spent countless hours researching legal precedents and preparing arguments. He also understood the importance of knowing his opponents’ arguments and being able to anticipate their strategies. This attention to detail and preparation helped Lincoln win many of his cases and earned him a reputation as a skilled litigator.


Lincoln was also known for his ability to communicate complex legal arguments in a way that was accessible to a jury. He had a talent for storytelling, and he used this skill to help juries understand the facts of a case and the legal arguments involved. He believed that the law should be accessible to everyone, not just lawyers, and he often used everyday language to explain legal concepts to juries.

Integrity and Honesty

Perhaps one of the most enduring lessons that lawyers can learn from Lincoln is the importance of integrity and honesty. Lincoln was known for his honesty and his commitment to doing what was right, even if it was not popular or easy. He believed that the law should be applied fairly and that everyone, regardless of their social status or wealth, should be held accountable under the law.


Abraham Lincoln’s legal career provides a wealth of lessons for aspiring lawyers. His dedication to hard work and preparation, his commitment to the rule of law, his ability to communicate complex legal arguments in plain language, and his unwavering integrity and honesty are all qualities that lawyers should strive to emulate. By studying Lincoln’s example, lawyers can learn how to be effective advocates for their clients, while upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.

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