As you probably know, the excellent Abnormal Use blog covers product liability issues. As such, AU occasionally features discussions of inherently dangerous products and analyzes whether there should be warnings on such products and what those warnings should say. Today, AU’s Frances Zacher looks at the bleak statistics facing people purchasing the product known as “law school education” and ponders whether law schools should design a warning for the legal education product they are selling.
Zacher summarizes some recent data on law school tuition and the expected earnings of new law graduates:
Looking at these statistics, Zacher asks readers, “if we were to design a warning for a legal education, what would it say?” Zacher offers two potential warnings:
WARNING: You may not be able to pay these loans back during your lifetime.
WARNING: Go to law school, and you may wind up bankrupt and still liable for the student loan debt.
I think we need to add some non-financial warnings, too:
WARNING: Go to law school, and a disproportionate number of your friends may be lawyers.
WARNING: Go to law school, and you may someday introduce yourself at parties as a “recovering lawyer.”
WARNING: Go to law school, and you may end up as a legal blogger.
What other warnings should be tacked on to legal education?
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