How Much of Law School Is a Waste?

LawProf writes on his blog that the third year is useless. “Yes, anecdotes are not data,” he says, “but how many anecdotes have you ever heard from people who thought they got their money’s worth from law school in terms of either intellectual value or vocational training?”

Let’s put the third year to the test of the market. Allow students to drop out and take the bar exam after two years and see how many paying customers there would be for the third year.

Then run the same test for the second year. The first, too.

An old friend who just retired from his firm thinks that you’d get a better cohort of lawyers if firms could just hire prospects while they’re still in college, or even earlier.

Hat tip: Andrew Gillen.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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