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Reasons to Go to Law School (How not to Succeed in Law School)

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As I mentioned earlier, I recently came across James D. Gordon’s highly entertaining How not to Succeed in Law School (.pdf) (thanks to Nancy Rapoport for the link) and thought it worth unpacking in case a few of you had a phobia of pdf files.

It is true that some lawyers are dishonest, arrogant, greedy, venal, amoral, ruthless buckets of toxic slime. On the other hand, it is unfair to judge the entire profession by a few hundred thousand apples. In fact, there are many perfectly legitimate reasons for going to law school. For example, ask yourself the following questions:
Do I want to go to medical school but can’t stand the sight of blood?
Are my inlaws pestering me to death to do something meaningful (i.e. lucrative) with my life? Have I considered circulating petitions to ban inlaws, but realized that it would only spawn stupid bumper stickers saying, “WHEN INLAWS ARE OUTLAWED, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE INLAWS”?
Did I major in English and have absolutely nowhere else to turn?

Whoa… hey now, I had plenty of options with my degree that testified to my ability to read and write English…. doors were flying open…. flying open I tell ya…

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