Friday, August 2, 2013

ABA Task Force releases Working Paper on the Future of Legal Education

Cross-Posted from TaxProf:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2013/08/aba-task-force.html

A quick summary: An ABA Task Force focused on the future of legal education has been studying the crisis featuring legal education and have released a "working paper" that so far serve to introduce their preliminary findings, with the finished product and recommendations to be made a few months from now.

As AboveTheLaw noted, "Essentially, the document says, 'Wow, the scam blogs were totally right.'" http://abovethelaw.com/2013/08/aba-finally-states-the-problem-now-will-they-do-anything-about-it/

For instance, the working paper describes the perverse "Reverse Robin Hood" policy surrounding "merit" scholarships perfectly on page one (I'd copy and paste it but the format isn't conducive to that).

Here is the link to the working paper.  Have a good weekend everybody!

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/professional_responsibility/taskforcecomments/aba_task_force_working_paper_august_2013.authcheckdam.pdf

9 comments:

  1. HEY ABA - TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

    You ignored this shitstorm for years. You personally ruined my life by letting your biglaw buddies and your professor buddies and your judge buddies perpetuate this scam, taking $100,000 of my student loan money and ripping me off with your useless degree and fucking me by not holding up your part of the 95.6% employment promises.

    So FUCK YOU.

    Fuck you, ABA. I don't give a shit about your paper. I don't give a shit about your solutions, all of which are self-serving and five years too late.

    You see the writing on the wall. You see the law school system crumbling and your profession turning to shit.

    But GOD DAMN IT I WILL NOT LET YOU CRY UNCLE NOW!

    You made this fucking filthy bed. You pissed and shit all over it. You made me lie in it. And if it's the last thing I do, I'll make sure you fucking sleep in it too.

    Don't you dare reflect back the same solutions we proposed five years ago. That time has come and gone.

    Right now, the only solution is seeing law schools collapse and seeing the profession drown in its own sewage. I'm not throwing you fuckers a life vest. I'm going to put my foot on your head and push you down.

    You cunts.

    Go fuck yourselves, lawyers and professors and judges. Fuck you.

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  2. Maybe this will be great moment in the history of legal education. Leave behind a 19th century method to let innovation change Law Schools. Or greed will win out and status quo wins.

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  3. Talk talk talk. We won't see any of these changes before law schools close and the profession implodes. At least most of us are used to living within minimal means...the future will shock many of the ancients.

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  4. You guys don't get it. Law practice will never collapse. Far too much need for lawyers. Simply some will make it big, some will do okay and some won't make it. The way its always been.

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    1. What you don't get is that in the past:

      1 - law school cost about 1/3rd of what it does now (adjusted for inflation)

      2 - student loans, to the extent they existed, were dischargable in bankruptcy and

      3 - what was formerly an over-supply of lawyers, with some not making it, has turned into a hyper-glut, with only a fairly small percentage even having a chance to make it, and of those, only an even smaller percentage actually succeeding long term.

      It is the combination of these three relatively new factors (with No. 2 being the worst by far) that have changed law schools from being something analogous to a lottery into a scam.

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    2. 7:13 again

      Shorter version -

      Thirty years ago no one's life was wrecked by going to law school. They may not have made successful careers as lawyers, but their lives were not destroyed by non-dischargable debt.

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  5. Two of the comments in this post have been quoted elsewhere:

    prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2013/08/the-state-of-lively-discussion.html#more

    Note that comments are closed.

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