Law School Reformers Create “False Sense of Doom”
July 26 (Bloomberg Law) — Stephen Sheppard, associate dean and professor at University of Arkansas School of Law, tells Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia that fundamental tenets of the law school reform movement are flat-out wrong.
· Reformers say there are too many law school graduates. Sheppard says America is producing fewer lawyers than we used to, compared to the total number of college graduates.
· The cost of legal education isn’t too high, because that’s what the market will bear. “I reject the premise that American law students are too stupid to know the cost of their degree,” he says.
· It’s not the fault of law schools that they produce more graduates than there are jobs. “The idea that we must have jobs for our students is not only a mistake, it’s a dangerous mistake,” he says.
· Criticism of legal education has become a “self-fulfilling prophecy,” scaring away prospective law students even though they could find good jobs as attorneys, he says.