The Law School Con

In a recent article, "The Law School Crisis," author Ben Taylor conveniently dismisses the entire law school reform movement with three simplistic points.  Yet so incorrect were his assumptions and conclusions that the article must not go unanswered. Taylor's first point, that reform advocates fail to place proper emphasis on the current economic slowdown, is incorrect.  We are well aware that the weak economy affects opportunities for law graduates.  Taylor misses the real issue: it's not that the economy slowed, but that the legal profession changed, structurally and permanently, as a result.  In the recent downturn, the law firm model was shattered, not merely temporarily downsized.  Clients discovered they could demand lower rates and higher efficiency as firms hustled for business, and firms no longer needed vast numbers of entry-level attorneys at indefensibly high salaries to perform expensive busywork.  Firms axed attorneys ferociously, and as...(Read Full Article)

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