Does Indiana have enough lawyers?

May 16, 2011
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Is Indiana hurting for lawyers? According to Indiana Tech, the answer is yes. The school’s board of trustees approved moving forward with creating a law school in Fort Wayne and hopes to enroll its first class in the fall of 2013.

In a release about the approval, one of the factors the school cited as a reason to establish a fifth law school in Indiana is that the state is underserved by the number of lawyers relative to our population and economic activity.

What do you think about that statement?
 

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  • too many lawyers
    I say go ask all of this year's graduates of the existing 4 law schools who dont have jobs if THEY think the state doesn't have enough lawyers.

    That comment is obviously made by a school who wants to crank out students for money without any regard to ultimately what happens to them, just like a puppy mill.
  • Enough!
    Many lawyers are already underemployed. Adding more will not help anyone
  • This is a joke isn't it.
    You can't swing a cat without hitting a lawyer...it is ridiculous to say there are not enough...very few recent graduates I know have jobs, most people are taking a year or more to get a job...we don't need more, but I am sure that won't stop acadamia from making more...they exist in a vacuum...maybe some of the lawyers who can't find work will be able to teach at Indiana Tech.
  • Absurd
    I know lawyers who graduated from Indiana law schoools in 2008 and 2009 who still don't have law-related jobs and on top of that, many that do are considerably underpaid and underemployed. And I'm not talking about people living in remote areas of the state. If anything, the number of people enrolling in law school should shift drastically down to meet the market.
  • Hard To Believe
    I would like to see the statistical study and the credentials and agenda of the people who conducted the study to support the conclusion, if a credible study was even conducted. Then I would like to see a study of what the taxpayers would be contributing to the project along with a credible cost-benefit study.

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