How to Lower Legal Costs: Make It Easier to Become a Lawyer
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  • Kevin

    Law should be an undergraduate degree like it is in most of the world.

    • Fat_Man

      and it was in the US before the 1960s. Both my father and grandfather practiced law with undergraduate degrees successfully and for many years. And remember that Abraham Lincoln never went to college at all. He was a better lawyer than even Obama.

  • Corlyss

    The average lawyer income is not what most outside the profession think it is. It’s a lot less. Lower ed costs will help but there has to be a lot less tort litigation to seriously reduce legal costs. Getting tort reform in health care is an important key to reducing the number of CYA tests that doctors now require routinely simply to forestall LOSING (not filing!) tort cases that are rife in health care.

  • DirtyJobsGuy

    How about making an actual pre-law major worth while where the undergraduate takes a good chunk of first year law courses. Such a B.A. would be valuable in itself to any business. Then the law school would be around 2 years or so. After all a science major is useful at the B.S. level and this leads directly into graduate school if required.

    • Corlyss

      Seems reasonable to me. Those 1st year courses are not that hard to grasp. There used to be an undergrad course load called “pre-law.” What exactly it consisted of, I don’t know. I went to law school 17 yrs after I graduated college. It took me that long to talk myself into classes 4 and sometimes 5 nights a week, after my day job.

  • Notjack

    I’ve got an MLIS. 45 masters level credits. (40K in tuition.) So if it takes two years to train a librarian, it has to take three to train a lawyer, right?

    Credentialing is part of the problem.

  • Notjack

    And you have to have an MLIS to BE a librarian.

  • Andrew Allison

    Don’t we have more than enough lawyers already? On a more serious note, VM has been reporting for some time now the the profession offers very limited prospects as IT replaces many of the.

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