Friday, January 17, 2014
R. Lawrence Dessem (Missouri) & Gregory M. Stein (Tennessee), The True Value of a Law Degree, or, Why Did Thurgood Marshall Go to Law School?, 65 Hastings L.J. Voir Dire 11 (2013):
There has been vigorous debate in recent months over whether a law degree is a worthwhile investment. Much of this discussion has focused on whether the economic costs of obtaining a degree pay off over a lawyer’s career. This conversation has largely overlooked the many non-economic benefits of a law degree. In this essay, we seek to re-introduce several non-economic factors back into this important dialogue. We suggest that prospective law school applicants would be wise to consider these non-economic factors in addition to economic ones. ... Thurgood Marshall presumably derived career satisfaction from his decision to attend law school, but he also accomplished life goals beyond becoming a skilled lawyer and beyond what he might have accomplished in other careers.