Friday, June 1, 2012
Brian Tamanaha has written a preview of his forthcoming book on the opinion pages of the New York Times. He discusses why the economics of legal education are broken, and he gives some solutions on how to fix the problem. He ends his piece with a warning:
"If we don’t change the economics of legal education, not only will law schools continue to graduate streams of economic casualties each year, but we will also be erecting an enormous barrier to access to the legal profession: the next generation of American lawyers will consist of the offspring of wealthy families who have the freedom to pursue a variety of legal careers, while everyone else is forced to try to get a corporate law job — and those who fail will struggle under the burden of huge law school debt for decades.
The complexion of the legal profession, and our legal system, will suffer as a result."