What happened to Justice?
Law School Reform / 26 de agosto de 2017

In the past while, I have experienced confusion when bringing up the concept of justice to my fellow law students.  While it seemed like a bit of a stretch, I thought that perhaps justice lived at the very heart of law.  The confusion came when I started to note two ideas:  (1) justice is not a necessary element of law and (2) justice already has been defined by the law.  I suppose this ought to be where I define justice.  For me personally, I define justice as a way to express values and power.  Some have defined it as a concept of morality and ethics.  Perhaps it is all of these things.  Truthfully, I have no idea how to define it and don’t know if it can be defined, but I think the process of defining it deserves a bit of attention, if not the main focus of attention, of our legal educations. Perhaps, you may find this a bit funny.  I am a law student, and I think law and justice go together.  What an idiot, right?  Everyone knows that law and justice go together and that law schools teach law students about justice.  I don’t disagree.  The problem…

Values and Skills
Law School Reform / 26 de agosto de 2017

Recently, I came across Professor Daniel Pollitt’s paper from 1973, entitled “Preliminary Proposal for a Public-Service Oriented Law School.”  I appreciate his vision at that time for a quality law school, and in particular, one of his paragraphs stood out for asking for something that schools do not seem to emphasize anymore: “At most law schools, emphasis is put upon the acquisition of skills.  At the proposed law school, emphasis would be put upon the acquisition of skills and values. The proposed law school would seek to convey, borrowing again from Father Hesberg, ‘a deep sense of the dignity of the human person, his nature and high destiny, his opportunities for seeking justice in a very unjust world, his inherent nobility so needing to be achieved for himself or herself, for one’s self and for others, whatever the obstacles.’” When classes have more than 100 students and are cold-called through a chart.  When students generally do not work in groups and are taught to compete, not collaborate.  When skills training is limited through lotteries for clinics and externships.  When values no longer are discussed but are ignored.  When human dignity becomes an anomaly in practice and discussion. . . ….

Spread the Word
Law School Reform / 26 de agosto de 2017

In order for this movement to grow, we need your help.  Post a link to Law Schooled or the blurb below on your Facebook status, email it to your friends, and urge your student organizations to send this information to their members:  LAW SCHOOLED As both investors and an investment, law students ought to have a voice when it comes to law school reform; we invest over 3 years of our lives and often over $150,000.  Until now, a national, egalitarian forum for students has not existed, and student voices have been marginalized. Law Schooled is a network that allows students to learn from other students and connect to faculty, so that students can work together to shape the future of legal education and help each other survive three grueling years with a bit of advice and a bit of humor. Law Schooled aims towards goals that benefit students, such as lowered tuition and debt, higher employment, transparency in financial and employment data, improved skills training, the development of ethical and capable lawyers, and an emphasis better student-to-faculty and faculty-to-student communication and feedback. Law Schooled can only achieve these goals when students start speaking out and taking action.  Consider being a one-time, weekly or bi-weekly contributor to the blog – submitting essays, stories,…

“Do you have a job yet?” – A Culture of Silence
Law Schooled Evolution / 26 de agosto de 2017

Most 3Ls who don’t live under a rock get it.  You don’t ask about it, and you don’t brag if you got one.  However, 1Ls and 2Ls often enthusiastically and optimistically bust out with the question:  ”So, do you have a job yet?” up until they hit the summer job hunt season for their year, when they start to learn the culture of silence.  Then, there are the practicing attorneys and sometimes even professors, who seem to live in another universe.  What’s a good topic for small talk?  Law student employment of course. Question:  ”So what are you doing after graduation?” Answer:  ”Studying for the bar” Follow up question:  ”And do you know where you’re going yet?” Answer:  ”Probably my parent’s basement” Would it be better if we made a sign for people:  ”Please respect the culture of silence and do not ask students whether they have a job”? Or, should we break the culture of silence and start talking about what can be done to get higher rates of employment back? Some questions:  Why do admissions keep rising when demand for new lawyers still remains low?  Does the establishment of new law schools saturate the market even further?  Can we…