Required law school

March 27, 2009
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I know I’m a little late on this one, but has anyone else seen The Onion article, “Year of law school now mandatory for nation’s 25-year-olds?” The article ran in the satirical paper March 11, but I remember seeing it recently advertised on Slate.com.

According to the “news” article, every 25-year-old would have to attend a year of law school, regardless of their current life plan. It even has an Indiana connection, “quoting” Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana as saying the new measure “would effectively void any real-world responsibilities for another full year.”

The article is obviously poking fun at the idea that some people look at law school as a way to postpone entering the real world for a little longer or to placate their parents. I have had conversations with people discussing the idea of law school as a fallback if their original life plans fall through.

Law students, what do you think of the article? Funny or offensive? Do you think some people choose to go to law school to make their parents happy or put off dealing with having to get a job and enter the real world?
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  • I found it quite comical. I am only a year out of law school, but we would all be lying if we said that every single one of our peers was in law school for overly compassionate and dignified reasons. It is absolutely true that some people go to law school for status reasons or to postpone entering the real world for a little bit longer. Although I have no idea why anyone would want to subject themselves to the emotional rollercoaster and ridiculous debt.

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