How Many Years Does It Take to Learn to Be a Lawyer?
President Obama recently proposed an interesting solution to the skyrocketing cost (and declining popularity) of law school: make it shorter:
“This is probably controversial to say, but what the heck, I’m in my second term so I can say it,” Obama said during a stop at the State University of New York at Binghamton. “I believe, for example, that law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years because [….] in the first two years young people are learning in the classroom.”
In the third year, he said, “they’d be better off clerking or practicing in a firm, even if they weren’t getting paid that much. But that step alone would reduce the cost for the student.”
The Daily Dish reports on various responses to Obama’s suggestion. For example, law professor Matt Bodie wonders if the change would really decrease costs: