Tuesday, August 19, 2014

One law prof tells new 1L's to consider getting out while the gettin' is good.

In this Forbes editorial, Professor Michael I. Krauss (George Mason) advises newly matriculated 1L's that if they've enrolled because they lack other options yet dream of big money, they've picked "the wrong generation to go to law school."  On the other hand, if you're interested in helping those under-served by the legal system for small wages while making large student loan payments, then "welcome, brother (and sister)."  Here's an excerpt:

 Law School Begins: Here's A Message to the New Crop of 1L's


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You have decided to enter law school during “interesting” times.  The business model for the private practice of law is a-changin, and many say it is broken.  Law school tuition is higher than ever, yet incomes are stagnant and perhaps dropping.  Law school loans, guaranteed by Uncle Sam and not dischargeable by bankruptcy, help you pay for tuition, but every increase in the generosity of federal largesses is yet another incentive for universities to capture rents by increasing tuition further.


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Are you interested in pursuing Justice, in making the world/your country/your state a place  governed by the Rule of Law, freer from predators and safer from tyrants than it currently is?  Are you interested in helping the 50% of Americans with legal problems who cannot currently afford legal help to resolve them?  Are you interested in soberly attempting to understand and solve the incredibly difficult, and incredibly interesting, intellectual problems that underly so many of today’s legal disputes, and that are so misconstrued by a journalistic profession obsessed with political correctness?  IF so, welcome to law school, we need you  badly, you will find your studies fascinating and enriching, and you will be able to make a real difference in the world. 


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[I]f you’re in law school because you didn’t know what else to do after your BA, because you hate Math (and erroneously think Law doesn’t require Math skills) and the sight of blood, therefore couldn’t be a physician, and have no goal other than to make a lot of money, and if you dislike work but have always relied on your IQ and adrenaline to ace all your courses, well, you chose the wrong generation to go to law school.  Get thee out now whilest  a partial refund of  tuition is still available.


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Continue reading at Forbes here.

Hat tip to ATL.



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