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March 02, 2005

Advice To Law Schools: PI-LRW Sections

I guest-posted today on Notes from the (Legal) Underground. Briefly, the piece argues that law schools could easily boost their support for public interest legal education by filling a small section of their 1L writing programs with public interest students and teachers. Thanks to Evan Schaeffer for graciously providing the forum for the piece. Please comment here or there with any thoughts you might have on the specific idea or on public interest legal education in general.

Posted March 2, 2005 09:02 AM | 2L law school

Hmm, interesting suggestion for LRW. I have mixed feelings about it. I go to a school that regards itself as heavily vested in public interest/public sector work. I *am* interested in public interest work, but only a very narrow slice of it(civil liberties in a digital world). If I signed up for the PI-LRW section and then didn't receive any information that seemed helpful or relevant to my interest I'd probably end up feeling somewhat alienated and hostile. I realize I may be an anomoly here.

I think your comments on money are right on the mark. Part of me wishes for the glimmering fantasy of a biglaw job with its promises of credibility, hirability, and of course the financial wherewithal to buy my own home AND pay off my debt. Alas, 77% of students from my school end up as solo practitioners.

My feelings aside, I bet there would be good reception for your idea at my school.

Posted by: quasi in r.e.m. at March 3, 2005 02:47 AM

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