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Friday, August 12, 2011

Should the bottom 10% of 1Ls quit?

UCLA law prof Eugene Volohk has this provocative post whose title is a hypothetical student's question: "“I Got Awful Grades My First Year in Law School. Should I Quit?”

Prof. V's own observations are intriguing, as are many of his commenters', and I left a trio of comments myself (starting here).

Posted by Beldar at 02:08 AM in Law (2011) | Permalink


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(1) DRJ made the following comment | Aug 13, 2011 9:24:54 PM | Permalink

I would answer this question in a very different way if I were a law student today, compared to 30 years ago when I graduated. The cost of an education has gone up so dramatically that it would be an economic decision for me today. I would finish law school if I could do so without much debt. If not, I would consider other alternatives.

(2) walt made the following comment | Aug 14, 2011 12:38:25 AM | Permalink

I agree with DRJ. Thirty-five years ago when I graduated from nowhere near a top ten school, it was possible to just go into practice on your own and build up a practice that was satisfying and was a good living. One could still do that now, except for the debt. For the kind of debt that recent law grads carry, they pretty much have to get one of the top paying jobs. And the fact of the matter is that there aren't enough of those kind of jobs to go around, and there aren't enough of the clients who support those kinds of firms that can pay associates that money, to go around. So . . . avoid debt. Choose your parents or your spouse well. Or else become a paralegal.

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