It should be one hell of a lot easier to learn the law than the law school system we have. But I will say this for it, you get immersed in it and learn it in such detail - especially if you are a good student, that you can't possibly remember all of it. So what you do learn, much like your music analogy, is the essence. You learn how to reason, how to issue spot, how to argue (in the legal sense of the word, not the bickering sense), how to analyze. It is very effective at that. And that is my experience with it as well.
When one gets out of law school, one learns that the stuff they learned - case law from various jurisdictions about torts, contracts, criminal law, real property law - may differ from what the law is in their state. But they learned what the issues are, and when the client sits down and describes (accurately) what happened, one can say "you may have this issue, I'll research it". But no, lawyers aren't computers who have all the law memorized, as they can't be.
And one also learns that law school taught them substantive theory. Only by practicing, full time, lots of hours, for a long time, can one become fluent in procedure and in using it to the advantage of a client. A first timer, even if they can find all of the laws and procedures (doubtful) would be like a karate student that learned different moves, but has no idea how to string them together, fighting a black belt.
I suspect you;ve learned this firsthand.
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein
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