WASHINGTON — A group of law school graduates received unexpected advice Friday from Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist: Spend a "significant amount" of time each day away from the practice of law.
"Do not let the legal profession totally absorb you," Rehnquist said in a commencement address at Villanova Law School in Philadelphia. "You should develop interests which will simply enable you to enjoy life more. If variety is indeed the spice of life, you will want to make sure that you add some of that spice to your own life."
Rehnquist conceded that his advice might conflict with the spirit of the occasion--and he readily acknowledged that, as law graduates, his audience would soon enter a highly demanding and competitive field.
However, he said, although law is a worthy and satisfying profession, "being a lawyer is not all you want out of life." He told the aspiring lawyers to develop hobbies, stay physically fit and consider painting, literature and the theater to enrich their lives.