We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's heartbreaking to watch strong, middle-aged, clearly substantial citizens, gone exasperated and nearly quavering, over their realization of their victimhood at the hands of a raw exercise of not just govt power, but reckless govt power.
for me, with one exception, law school was unnecessary. everything I learned about black letter law I learned cramming for the bar. everything I learned about writing was through independent study and a senior associate I reported to who wielded a blue pencil viciously and hurled back to me marked up drafts of briefs until I got it Right. everything else about the practical aspects of the profession business I learned on the fly.
but if they don't teach you "the law" in law school, they do teach you how to think about a problem from different angles of attack. that was priceless.
but, yeah, 90% of the business of law is done by the secretaries and paraprofessional staff who, for me, are far more valuable than some dude with a JD.