A Philosopher on Law Schools

My friend Gary Jason, who teaches philosophy at Cal State–Fullerton, writes about the very dismal employment statistics for recent law-school graduates in a Minding the Campus essay. The bottom has fallen out of the market for lawyers (a good market signal that we are wasting resources in an overlawyered society) and graduates of many law schools find themselves taking jobs that don’t call for their legal education and sometimes no particular education at all.

Jason suggests that law schools would act ethically if they informed prospective students about the true state of affairs before accepting them. That would be like a surgeon informing a patient of all the risks of the operation. I’m with Professor Jason, but would be astonished if any law school did that.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College (Waukesha, Wis.) and a J.D. from ...

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