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The Atlantic Calls for a Way to "Fix Law Schools"

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This Atlantic journalist believes law schools should turn away prospective students who are "in it for the money," and that a law degree should be considered a path towards "a respectable middle class profession," not a wealthy lifestyle.  He also believes that law schools need to devise programs for "new lawyers" that mirror those laid out for people in the medical field.  I have a feeling his views may be quite polarizing, so I'm interested in a discussion.

Wondering what the general response is to this brief article.  Those of you who're applying to law school, still attending, or are now done and well into the work force, what do you think?

Can you provide a link to the article?

I believe that this is the article being referred to...

I don't think the answer is necessarily reducing the number of students who can get in, but I do think the federal lending policies need to be tighter.  Students currently get more and more financing depending on the cost of attendance rather than their career prospects.  I think schools should finance student loans themselves and risk never getting paid.

Also, law schools and the ABA should get over themselves and make law school a one year degree.  If you can pass the bar and get someone to hire you, one year of law school should be enough.  If people were concerned about baby solo practitioners, the state bars could require a lengthy apprenticeship or something.  This would cut the cost of law school down by 2/3.   A residency requirement is interesting, but it would have to be very flexible.  The legal field is so diverse, and some employers would rather hire and train employees after school than hire them after a residency.

Most of the students join law because they think this is the best carrier money wise they got.


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