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October 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Law school woes should be self-correcting

Too many lawyers leads to more competitive job market

The San Jose Mercury News article “Too many lawyers, too few jobs,” (Business, Oct. 9) certainly prompts one to think about the point the article is trying to make. If I understand correctly, Katy Murphy is trying to say that the country has more lawyers than it needs (many considered unqualified) and law school admissions are down.

The solution is to make law school more accessible (in part by shortening the course of study), to increase the number of graduates.

To this non-economist, the conditions described would appear to be self-correcting Why would anyone, faced with a glut of lawyers in the market, even consider becoming a lawyer? Unless, of course, that person had a real passion for the law and the unique combination of empathy, intellect and determination to make it through all three years of school — characteristics really needed in the profession.

Joel Derby, Mill Creek

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