It's About Time to Fix the 3-Year J.D. Problem

Even the President says law school takes too long, but a rush to the finish line is not the solution.

, The National Law Journal


Even the President says law school takes too long, but a rush to the finish line is not the solution.

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What's being said

  • Peter E. Ryba

    Lets make law an undergraduate degree option like it is in most British Universities. Those who want to appear in the courts would be required to do an additional year at something like the Inns just like they do in England

  • att

    With no third year, there is no 2L summer. How does this affect the recruiting cycle?

  • StevenH

    I think reducing law school to two years is a bad idea, even if the third is spent in a firm getting experience. (1) Not every firm has a position for an intern or interns. This would mean that some students would not be able to get the needed work experience. (2) Recent law suit in D.C. said that unpaid interns are entitled to be paid. The same would apply to law interns. As we have recently seen, Law Firms nation wide are cutting employees, not adding. (3) Reducing education requirements to accomodate poor students will open the flood gates to more law students, when at this time the industry needs less. If you cannot afford it, get a loan or don't go, (4) President Obama is clueless when it comes to the practice of law. He may may have been a professor, but he has never tried a DWI, written a Will, drafted a property settlement agreement, etc. He should not opine on something he has no clue about.

    The real solution is to start pulling the accreditation of certain law schools who cannot meet a certain bar passage average (which should be raised). Stop admitting anyone with a pulse to lower tier schools. Some students just have no business going to law school to begin with. The bar exam should be broken into two parts, a national one at the end of the first year, which will weed out students who should not move on, and a State specific one at the end of the third year.

    The problem is not too many untrained lawyers. The problem is too many lawyers.

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