David Segal has it right again about law schools – just as he has time and time before. (1) Writing in this morning’s “What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering” – New York Times, hide-bound law schools continue to regard the teaching of practical lawyering skills or the hiring of experienced lawyers as professors as something beneath them – – – nay, as offensive as someone passing gas at the Thanksgiving table during grace. They don’t look down their noses at such advice but down their chins to borrow an apt phrase from financial pundit Malcolm Berko (2) who recently said that about an amoral bank’s “officious CEO.”
You would think asking newly-minted lawyers to know how to draw up a contract, negotiate a deal or prepare a court pleading would be a bad thing. But no. As it is, thanks to what law schools don’t teach, young lawyers learn theory not practice and mostly “need both hands and a flashlight to find their asses.”
But what’s even worse is that the American Bar Association, law school administrators and their clueless faculty members still don’t get it – – – even as law school graduates can’t find jobs and are forced to go solo not by choice but by necessity. And God help the hapless, unsuspecting consumer.
(1) See, for example, Segal’s other devastating analyses at “Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!” and “For Law School Graduates, Debts if Not Job Offers.”
(2) A tip of the hat to my brother, Jay, for telling me about the rapier-like writings of the irascibly witty Berko who referring to a law firm recently wrote,“In my opinion, some of the lawyers who represent that firm were not born but rather poured from the contents of a colostomy bag. That firm has an odor that smells like putrid yellow pus seeping from an overripe boil.” See “Scummy law firm boils bad blood” – Joilet Herald News