Coughlin, a former president of the New York State Bar Association, lists some of the tasks that lawyers perform and some of the specialties one might go into; but in general he doesn't seem to have much sense of what a youngster would like to know. (Law school classes are also listed--but what will ""torts"" mean to a twelve-year-old?) The text sags with fiat anecdotes, often concerning ""great"" lawyers the author has known, and Coughlin's statements are frequently vacuous or just dumb: ""The development of American law was a historical struggle""; ""women will elevate the standards of the profession. . . because of their gentle nature and their high intelligence""; lawyers get ""intellectual satisfaction in solving interesting problems and in helping other human beings."" And how's this for an answer: ""You may well ask, 'What would the government do with 12,000 lawyers?' The answer is the government is so large that lawyers are a tiny minority of the three million people employed by Uncle Sam."" Next question.