Opinion

When law students want schools to refund their tuition, is that a bad sign or a good one?

Bob Dorigo Jones Senior Fellow, The Center for America

Is it a sign of the times, or a change in our lawsuit-happy culture?  Either way, there might be some hope for common sense.

I just read a report about how many law school students today are having a tough time finding jobs.  In fact, a newspaper recently published a letter from a student who’s in his final year at a major law school.  He wants the dean of the school to refund his entire tuition.

The student says he and many of his fellow law students can’t find a job.   Of course, he believes this is a problem, but many others, including me, think this might not be such a bad thing.

Let’s be fair, I believe law is an honorable profession, and I have a lot of friends who are lawyers.  But just how many lawyers do we need?  If the job market for them has gotten so bad that law students want to drop out of school and get a refund…well, maybe they’ll have to find other jobs.  And maybe, just maybe, there will be fewer lawsuits tomorrow.  That’d be a good start.

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Bob Dorigo Jones, who serves as Senior Fellow for the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice, is the author of the bestselling Remove Child Before Folding, The 101 Stupidest, Silliest and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever. He is the host of a new national radio/Internet commentary, “Let’s Be Fair.”