Bravo to Professor Fish for standing up for the values that made law a profession -- rather than the trade school the whiners would have it be. As a practitioner, and the owner of a law firm with 7 other lawyers, I find the current attitude of whining by recent former students to be pathetic. These folks who have the ability to engage in research and analytical thinking chose to embark on a career in the naive and bizarre belief that they were entitled to earn large sums helping big companies takeover or sue other big companies, or legally evade regulations and taxes. Now, because of a periodic hiccup in our capitalist economy, the entitled have to figure out how to add value -- ie sell their labor, instead of being fawned over. 16 years ago, I quit a position with a large firm to start a small firm to bring justice for individuals. I love my work, and the people I hire are passionate about using the law to help make America work for all citizens. If people don't want to practice law in areas or at salary levels that the market will pay them for, then I would ask: Why are they any different than factory workers, farmers or any other Americans?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Stop your sobbing
I will have more to say about Stanley Fish's defense of what could be called a graduate school model of legal education shortly, but for now I just want to highlight the following response in the comments, as an illustration of what the reform movement is up against (Note this is from an actual lawyer, not a law professor):