Book asks: Are you sure you want to go to law school? Really?

, The National Law Journal


Paul Campos, the University of Colorado Law School professor who writes the incendiary Inside the Law School Scam blog, is back at it, with a new book of advice for would-be law students.

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  • Patrick Tracy

    He does speak the truth regarding the value of a law degree in both terms of time and money spent as well as the quid pro quo of practice.

  • doodlefarbe

    Looks like this article's author is not taking questions. I'll give both a shot.

    I believe he (the book author) thinks that a "large majority" of law grads will be worse off because of the economics of the transaction. If the average grad ends up with $150K in debt, but only 60% (or fewer) of them get jobs as lawyers, and the average pay even for those who do is circa $50K, then the average grad will be paying for school for the next 20 years. That's not a very good outcome. Toss in 3 years lost opportunity (of course, this assumes they could get SOME job with their undergrad), and it just gets worse.

    I believe you should go back and read the article in its entirety, except substitute in your mind the word "provocative" for "incendiary". What I mean is, it seems you twigged on a single word that colored your perception of the entire article, which to my view was a very honest and even-handed review of the scamblog points raised by Prof.Campos. It was not condescending in any wise.

  • Anne

    What does he mean when he says law school grads will be "worse off after going to law school"? It's a seemingly short sighted statement if it refers only to income, and completely wrong when you consider the other ways to define your life as "better off".

  • James

    Karen Sloan,
    The truth is now described as "incendiary"? Your condescending tone towards Campos is typical of the apologists in the legal education industry.

    Maybe two years ago this book would have been "incendiary". Now after all of the WSJ and NYT articles, it just seems like common sense.

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