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Kyle McEntee: Law Schools Should Cut Enrollment 50%

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Let's look at the most all-encompassing data I am aware of -

The ABA (in an all-too-rare fit of useful work) says there are approximately 1.25 million licensed lawyers in the US -

The ABA also says that in the last 40 years (standard work life from 25 to 65), ABA accredited law schools have graduated approximately 1.5 million JDs -

Looking at the big picture -

1.5 million JD grads minus 1.25 million licensed equals *250,000* of the "disappeared".

17% of this degenerating "profession".

Sure, some may have retired early - but some may also be keeping their licenses active even though not practicing law (for instance, while working in other non-legal fields (where they can make a living) while hoping/praying for a paying return to law).

Posted by: cas127 | Nov 9, 2012 1:23:41 PM

This guy is not immune from "Special Snowflake Syndrome." He thinks everything will turn out okay for him, just not his classmates.

Posted by: Broke Law Student | Nov 10, 2012 5:22:27 AM

The licensed lawyers weren't "disappeared" and probably didn't disappear at all. You are, I think simply not counting the great number of lawyers who practice for a while and decide it isn't for them. So they seek positions in businesses where they can escape law firm practice and all of its pointless and frustrating days. I am such a person myself. I was a legal aid lawyer when I first got out of law school, and then moved to LA to get involved with the film business. As a bridge to support myself I worked briefly for a divorce bomber in Century City and then got my first job at a studio. I've worked for various entertainment companies for over 30 years and still do. In that time I probably hired 50 lawyers from law firms myself and put them to work doing transactional work for these same companies. I don't think that entertainment is unique. I suspect that many thousands of lawyers have done what I and the hundreds and hundreds of lawyers I have met working in entertainment companies did, but in other businesses. Their companies pay their bar dues, but after a while they don't bother to remain active because of bar required continuing education requirements, and just become inactive.

Posted by: John Reagan | Nov 10, 2012 11:14:08 AM

America needs more honesty, fewer lawyers. Interestingly there is a tipping point when the pervasiveness of dishonesty actually drives out any object to consume the attention of lawyers.

Posted by: Al Miller | Nov 10, 2012 11:22:41 AM