Lawyers on Shaky Ground
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  • Daniel M. Ryan

    And the change might be a blast from the past. When a field uses the hope of advancement to induce low-paid juniors to work killer hours, it has to deliver in part. As for the ones that don’t rise, their lack of success has to be explained by internal factors (didn’t work hard enough, didn’t keep their eye on the main chance, and so on.)

    But, when advancements peter out, the internal explanations become less and less credible over time. Eventually, they’re seen through.

    And at that point…an alternative becomes attractive. That alternative is unionization.

  • Kansas Scott

    It’s important to note how many law students either do not intend to practice law in private practice or who will move into other fields not too long after graduating. Whether those positions are worth the cost of a legal education is a separate question.

    I agree that law schools (as with all of higher education) need to adapt but the fact that private practices aren’t as lucrative isn’t even relevant to many with a law degree.

    A legitimate criticism of law schools is that many aren’t very good at teaching students how to practice law. However, what they have been decent at teaching is the old “think like a lawyer.” While this is an annoying trait to many, it can be a valuable skill in many different fields including starting your own business.

  • Skip law school and just past the bar like they used to.

  • Jim.

    The scary bit here is what happens when you get a bunch of unemployed lawyer-types together to foment discontent. Marat, Danton, Robespierre…

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