Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Truth About Law School

Dear reader,

If you care so much as to know what law school entails then perhaps you will find this blog helpful. If not, I hope you will find it amusing.

Law school provides an excellent educational experience, but is in almost everyone's eyes a racket. Professors, students, Deans, and lawyers most of all speak of how law school is nothing more than the establishment extorting their due from the newcomers.

200 years ago there were still plenty of lawyers, but only a couple of law schools. William & Mary founded the first law school in America in 1779. Harvard founded a law school very near after. But as I previously stated, there were many lawyers in America before any law school was founded.

Before the introduction of a law school institution was solidified by the American Bar Association, to be a lawyer, one was apprenticed by previous apprenticed and accepted lawyers by the local courts. John Adams was a Harvard graduate, but there was no Harvard Law School at that time; he was apprenticed into being the successful lawyer he was before his revolutionary crusade.

I find that there is no reasonable explanation why a person that can pass a bar exam can not be certified by a state as a legal attorney just because they do not possess a law school degree which costs ruffly about $150,000.

But as any student of history knows, there have been guilds, unions, and other mechanisms throughout human history that make attaining a certain position only attainable by jumping though hoops and paying dearly for it.

I do not believe that a to be lawyer should necessarily balk at the prospect of making millions while being in debt a couple hundred thousand, but as in any business, success is not assured.

What is one to think when the former Dean of a law school flat out repeatably states that all law schools have become too costly and as a result there are fewer law school applicants as a result of this economic barrier?

Here is what I think: all law students just want to practice. I know all I want to do is get in front of a judge as soon as possible and argue my client's case.

It does not require great genius to graduate from law school, only some diligence. And, I can attest to that fact not because I consider myself a dunce, but because I know I could have worked harder in my first year and still passed with ease.

What is the point to this conversation? Perhaps to inform future law students that it is not so much as a formidable academic challenge as a financial one, and that it is a severe and that is a poor policy for all law schools. They want your money so they do not want you to fail, but they also act under the presumption that people are too stupid to be able to practice law without a degree. John Adams, perhaps the greatest of our founding fathers (and I went to Mr. Jefferson's University for undergrad), I'm sure would be enraged by the current system.

So the solution is only in the next generation of lawyers that chose to change our current system. But as we all know, anyone that tries to up-end the way of society does not fair well.

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