Do lawyers still actually consult law books, or look things up on computers and have the books for display?
Books are becoming more and more irrelevant as computers become more convenient and more thorough sources of research. Some attorneys (particularly older ones who learned to research using books) like using books because they are more comfortable with research based upon hard copy indices and case law, treatises, law review articles, etc. Some attorneys find that reading a printed page helps them focus on and absorb the information better. Some attorneys like research using printed pages that they can underline and annotate.
Still, the book will eventually become almost completely obsolete for legal research.
Attorneys who are younger than 50 years old and who still pose for pictures in front of a wall of books on a shelf are generally poseurs.
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