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University to Set Up Non-Profit Law Firm

According to this IHE story, Arizona State will establish a non-profit law firm to hire and train some of its graduates. That would never have occurred to anyone in the days before it was evident that law school has been oversold.

But if this firm does actual legal work, won’t that just reduce the demand for lawyers elsewhere? And if it doesn’t do actual work, but is just a way of keeping some of the unemployed law grads busy for a couple of years, isn’t this a way of transferring the cost of unemployment to the taxpayers of the state?

Finally, isn’t this an admission that law schools don’t actually train prospective attorneys very well?

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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