Inside the Legal Profession

For many years, James Lipton interviewed veteran actors and directors on his television program, "Inside the Actor's Studio." He did so in front of live audiences of students, who learned from and had the opportunity to interact with his distinguished guests.

In that spirit, and in that format, Mercer Law School requires all first-year students to attend programs that constitute its "Inside the Legal Profession" series.  These programs, which began in 2009, consist of hour-long interviews with distinguished members of the bench and bar.  Professor Longan interviews the guest for approximately 45 minutes, after which the students have about 15 minutes to ask questions. The students hear directly from lawyers in diverse practice areas and from judges on different kinds of courts. 

In 2014, Mercer Law School received the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism and the E. Smythe Gambrell Fund for Professionalism in recognition of "outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program" for "Inside the Legal Profession."

Here are links to some of the interviews from the series: