October 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM
Reduce law school to two years
Would you hire a two- or three-year graduate lawyer?
Kudos to Jane Korn, dean of Gonzaga Law School for her analysis of the suggestion to reduce the law-school curriculum to two years from three [“A law school degree in 2 years?” Opinion, Oct. 16]. She is right on the money.
Since any shortening of the prerequisite hours of instruction is out of the question, 24 consecutive months of schooling, i.e. no vacation, is the only alternative.
Wouldn’t it be awkward to see a legal administrator with a four-year B.S. degree work with the two-year graduate attorney?
President Obama and some academics proposed this as a way to reduce student expense for legal education and raise enrollments. Interestingly, Justice Anthony Kennedy saw this as a compromising effect to the very foundation of law, which he called “language of the law.” The decision belongs to the aspiring future counselors to be or not to be one.
Dee Tezelli, Seattle
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