ABA Proposal Alarms Law School Diversity Advocates

, The National Law Journal

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A proposal to tighten the American Bar Association's bar passage requirement for law schools hasn't gone over well with some advocates for diversity in the legal profession.

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  • ColorBlindJustice

    In case you haven't noticed, legaltruth, America is already awash in unemployed and underemployed holders of JDs and is otherwise hampered in global competition by accute litigious parasitism. Supply exceeds demand. How's that for "economics"?

    We need more lawyers and lawsuits like we need a collective hole in the head. But if minority kids want to become lawyers badly enough, they'll buckle down and make the grades and pass their bar exams as readily as anyone else. If some schools aren't up to preparing them for those hurdles, better such schools be shuttered than keep turning out second-rate lawyers and bar flunk-outs up to their eyeballs in debt.

  • ColorBlindJustice

    In case you haven't noticed, legaltruth, America is already awash in unemployed and underemployed holders of JDs and is otherwise hampered in global competition by accute litigious parasitism. Supply exceeds demand. How's that for "economics"?

    We need more lawyers and lawsuits like we need a collective hole in the head. But if minority kids want to become lawyers badly enough, they'll buckle down and make the grades and pass their bar exams as readily as anyone else. If some schools aren't up to preparing them for those hurdles, better such schools be shuttered than keep turning out second-rate lawyers and bar flunk-outs up to their eyeballs in debt.

  • legaltruth

    Wanting Law Schools to actually prepare law students to pass the bar exam is good. However, this is not the time to set regulation in regards to it. This will only cause law schools to further scrutinize who they admit. As a result they will likely admit less individuals and those who are admitted will have to likely pay more than they would have. This is not the time to address the quality of law schools and enact further regulations. This is the time to liberalize and deregulate so the cost of a legal education can drop. There can be more jobs if employers don't have to pay new grads as much due to a reduction of their overall debt. Does the ABA have any understanding of economics? Apparently not.

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