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

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?
  • 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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  1. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  2. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  3. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  4. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon

  5. So men who think they are girls at heart can use the lady's potty? Usually the longer line is for the women's loo, so, the ladies may be the ones to experience temporary gender dysphoria, who knows? Is it ok to joke about his or is that hate? I may need a brainwash too, hey! I may just object to my own comment, later, if I get myself properly "oriented"