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General Off-Topic Board / Bit of legal humor
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:54:13 PM »
After reading some understandably anxious threads elsewhere, I thought I'd drop this little ditty I read on Reddit today:

Supreme Court Announces Definition of “Reasonable Person” --I dunno, maybe I was in the right place today when I read it. 

Current Law Students / Re: Not enough lawyers.
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:51:36 PM »
There will always be areas of law where there aren't enough attorneys.

Do you want to be gainfully employed for the foreseeable future?  Specialize in ERISA --if you can show any taste for it (it's boring) or competency (it's complicated) you will be appreciated. ERISA was in demand during the boom and it still is now. 

For this simple reason, and this reason alone, I generally oppose hanging shingles after graduation.  In fact, I would favor some type of post-doc internship requirement, MD-style, for bar admittance, but that is perhaps a different subject.

Have you heard about that proposal by two profs in an upcoming law review article that law schools establish affiliated law firms to provide opportunities for students to work in a sort of supervise residency model? (South Carolina Law Review but currently available for reading here)

Alternatively, I would think a future solo-practitioner could try to find a kind/amenable solo practitioner to be a mentor --though this may be much harder to achieve than it sounds --I've never tried.

I'm not going to get involved in the forum politics, but this just seems like a terrible idea.  I'm sure Cooley planned it before the legal market began to tank, but right now the better thing would be for law schools to start contracting rather than expanding.

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