Every once in a while I write an item that is critical of the state of legal education. I’ve suggested getting rid of the 3L year, talked about the importance of practical experience in the new job market, and weighed in on the practical v. theoretical debate.
An item yesterday on Legal
Satyricon, entitled “The Worthlessness
of American Legal Education,” makes my little criticisms look like
child’s play. The
tirade critique by Professor Marc John Randazza attacks American law schools with a candid fervor rarely witnessed in the blawgosphere.
It’s informative and entertaining and I recommend checking it out.
The item is long, so, rather than relate it all to you here, I pulled out a few choice quotes.
On legal academics:
“Nobody wants to upset the academic apple cart — more appropriately described as a circle jerk.”
“…you’ll be shocked at how many people with a few months of experience practicing law are responsible for training the next generation of lawyers.”
On the myth of solo practice right out of law school:
“Should we really turn out a few thousand solo practitioners a year who have been taught by those who couldn’t hack it as practitioners? Then what? Just have them “figure it out” on their own?”
“The majority of tenured law professors don’t know how to be lawyers either. With that kind of “training,” dumping hundreds of clueless solos on the market will result in: 1) an avalanche of legal malpractice suits; 2) a hailstorm of unethical and unprofessional behavior by solos who lack the institutional mentors to teach them better; and, 3) a swarm of unsupportable litigation by desperate solos who are just trying to pay the rent.”
“Yes, for the bargain basement price of $41,500, and another year of your life, UCLA will actually teach students what they THOUGHT they were getting for the first three years of tuition payments — how to practice law.”
“This new “program” at UCLA is an admission that law school is severely broken. Many people already say that law school is a year too long. I partially agree. It is a scam.”
“What kind of an abject fool would actually pay to attend this program? Honestly, anyone with this LLM on their resume should be blackballed as someone too incompetent to be a lawyer in the first place.”