Dean Spade of Seattle University School of Law gets lots of inquiries from people considering law school. Here are some points that he emphasizes they may have overlooked:
- Most legal work maintains systems of maldistribution, it does not transform them.
- Lots of legal work that needs to be done to help poor people can be done without a law degree.
- Law school is expensive (in most cases) and it’s worth thinking about what impact the debt may have on your future.
- Law school is a very conservative training and rarely a critical intellectual experience.
- If you go to law school, it’s most important to go to a school where you will have allies and support and where the learning experiences you want are actually being offered. Don’t get caught up in the quest for prestige.
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