Law for Laymen

Law schools hope to fill seats by offering master's degrees.

, The National Law Journal


There are nearly 30 law schools that have or soon will offer a master's degree for nonlawyers, up from just a handful two years ago.

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Originally appeared in print as Master's Programs Help Fill Law School Seats

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  • NeverHireaLawyer

    Study maxims of law, the Constitution, and how you were born free, got tricked into contracting with a corporate democracy ( removing the Constitutional Republic freedoms ), and were recognized as a legal person having no human rights. Gee, what a deal. People who live parasitically off the labor, lives and talents of others are overflowing the bubbling septic tank based in Puerto Rico,,,er,,, i mean DC. God bless the usA,,,,,,,

  • Rkrafj

    I submit that the legal profession is just about the only occupation that disregards the law of supply and demand in providing a legal education leading to a J. D. degree. Medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, engineering, architecture, pharmacy, chemistry, physics, geology, to name a few, all consider how many graduates are needed by the national economy before deciding how many graduate programs to accredit, and the number of graduates to train and educate.
    The Law Colleges and their administrators couldn't care less about how many surplus lawyers they produce each year. If only an average of 55% of their graduates can find work requiring a J. D. degree, so what, it doesn't affect the law schools bottom line! They want to grow larger and produce more tuition income so they can add to their faculty and raise law school salaries. It's all about money!
    Now they've found a way to attract a different type of student with a one year
    Master's degree in a limited branch of the law to compete with their J.D. graduates for semi-legal positions for which specialized legal training is needed, but admission to the bar is not required. From my perspective, after over 50 years in the private practice of law, the selfishness and greed of the law school administrators is rather disgusting.

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