Following up on my previous posts (links below): The Hill op-ed: An Unexpected Trump Effect: Lawyer as Hero, by Nicholas W. Allard (Brooklyn):
Almost single handedly, President Trump has made lawyers the breakout stars in the early days of his new administration.
Legal experts in immigration and refugee law, international trade, religious freedom, and the constitutional powers of the executive branch have, seemingly overnight, become regular guests on network and cable news, quoted on front pages of national newspapers, and gained thousands of followers on social media.
Law schools can seize this moment and, like the generation inspired by Woodward and Bernstein to pursue careers in journalism, lead the renaissance in legal education that would revive a profession in need of an injection of youth, idealism, and high-tech savvy.
Lawyers are playing a central role in this grand national civics class that we have been called to attend. With in-depth legal knowledge and an encyclopedic sense of history, these men and women — judges, law practitioners, scholars, and law students — have raised our collective consciousness (with the help of musical theater’s Alexander Hamilton) about the important role lawyers and the law have played in the founding of our nation and the ongoing stability of our system conferred by the adherence to the rule of law. ...
Since the 2008 financial crisis, law schools have taken a hit in applications, and the numbers of students choosing to study law decreased dramatically. But at Brooklyn Law School last year we started to see a significant uptick in applications — an increase of more than 12 percent over the previous year — and we are on pace to exceed that this year. ...
Law schools must seize this opportunity to trumpet the good news that, just as lawyers were instrumental in our nation’s beginnings, they are absolutely essential today to the defense of our rights, the pursuit of justice, and the preservation of our Republic.
(Hat Tip: Rebecca Kysar.) Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
Update: Above the Law, Law Dean Sees Opportunity in Rising Popularity of Lawyers, Thanks to Donald Trump