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Feb 27, 2008

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Jeff Deal

Our state has six law schools, but only four comprehensive engineering schools. If we're going to be "globally competitive", which do we really need more of?

TarGator

This "report" is nonsense. Without reference, I am fairly certain that New York has the most lawyers per capita, and they do not get them by allowing in unaccredited attorneys. New York attracts lawyers with money and a big city. So I would say that we need to grow our cities (and financial institutions) to attract more attorneys.

TarGator

Also, I would note the conflict now that Art Pope has a major lease with Campbell University Law School in Raleigh. Their expansion would only help his personal bank account.

Jonathan Jones

Jeff, we actually have seven law schools in North Carolina. And once Elon and Charlotte schools of law begin graduating students, any shortage the state might have now will be reduced.

TarGator, the report doesn't advocate for expansion of the existing law schools. Instead it argues for the removal of the restriction that people who want to sit for the bar graduate from an ABA-approved school. The result of removing that restriction would most likely be the entry into the market of unaccredited law schools. California is overflowing with them. The only tangible benefit Campbell might get, if any of this report's recommendations were implemented, would be the idea of subsidizing legal education through vouchers instead of the two publicly supported law schools. That's an idea I don't think has any wings. How many lawmakers in Raleigh benefited from the low tuition at UNC or NCCU?

The idea in the report I found most interesting, and think would be excellent to implement, is the state using its regulatory control over who can sit for the bar to force law schools to release the post-graduation employment data they collect. The data schools do release through the American Bar Association doesn't always paint a complete picture -- having them accountable through the state would provide a much better gauge for students considering law schools here.

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