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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Will Donald Trump Solve The Law School Crisis?

TrumpNational Law Journal, On the Bright Side, Lawyers Are Suddenly Popular:

If there’s any silver lining to the first 11 days of the Trump administration, it’s this: lawyers are suddenly beloved—at least by the masses who oppose the president’s policies.

It’s impossible to be a member of the bar and not know Shakespeare’s quote from Henry VI: “The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.” Or the endless jokes: How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? His lips move. Why did God invent lawyers? So that real estate agents would have someone to look down on. What's the difference between a jellyfish and a lawyer? One's a spineless, poisonous blob. The other is a form of sea life.

But in recent days, my Twitter and Facebook feeds have been full of a new-found appreciation for attorneys. They’re emerging as the heroes of the Trump resistance. ...

[T]here’s this meme making the rounds on Facebook: “Hug a lawyer today. They are now first responders.” Another friend posted, “Not a bad day when the lawyers are actually the good guys.” Even my colleague Vivia Chen wrote, “I can’t believe I’m saying this: I almost wish I was still a practicing lawyer.”

The mainstream media has taken note too. ...

What’s so impressive though is the way lawyers are responding, making good on the promise of the Attorney’s Oath: “I do solemnly swear…to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of this state and of the United States.”

It gives you chills. Well done, lawyers. You’re making us proud.

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Alternate theory on how Trump ends the law school crisis: he figures out his staunchest critics are lawyers and law professors and cuts off or restricts student loans, closing half of the schools.

Posted by: wtfreqkenneth | Feb 2, 2017 6:04:48 AM

Of course Trump also pledged to quote "Get the government out of student lending." A world without GradPLUS may prove hostile to law schools.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 2, 2017 7:26:41 AM