Young Lawyers Need Remediation

by George Leef

In a sharp comment on Sunday’s New York Times piece on law schools, Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a graduate of Harvard Law, renews his call to make law school optional. Since many law-school graduates need to be taught many basic things after they’ve been hired, why not just dispense with the law-school requirement? The training that law firms provide would doubtless be more focused and effective than that done by law profs, who don’t have any direct stake in the results.

A good friend of mine is a senior partner in a big California firm. He laments that the graduates of many top (make that “top”) law schools have had their heads filled with what Suffolk Law School professor Charles Rounds calls “bad sociology” but have little practical knowledge about the law. It’s a huge waste of time, money, and resources.