Getting a law degree usually requires three years in law school, but it
has recently been proposed that the program be cut down to two years.
This is considered by many to be a great idea, but there are some downsides
to this shortened program. Those who aren’t sure if this is a good
idea should weigh the pros and cons of leaving out one of these years,
but for many it can give them better access to law school.
School is very expensive to begin with, and it can be difficult to pay
for everything. Cutting down on the length of time that is spent on law
school can serious lower the amount that students are paying for school.
Students will be able to graduate with less debt, and that is a good thing
By the time that students are in their third year of law school, they have
likely been working in fairly low paying jobs for a long time. At this
point they are desperate to get a more professional job that pays more.
Getting into the job market more quickly is also good for all of the students.
In order to shorten law school down to two years, many of the electives
in this program are going to be cut out. This allows students to spend
much more time focusing on their core classes, and they will have more
focus on the basic things they need to learn. For some students who are
really interested in some of these electives, this could end up being
a bad thing.
Those who are opposed to the shortening of law school believe that students
won’t be getting enough education and training. They believe that
this year is important to learning many legal principals and cases. They
can end up without all of the advantage of spending an extra year with
the professors. Those who think that shortening this is a bad idea simply
don’t think that two years is enough time to learn everything.
Others who think that law school should remain at three years in length
acknowledge that law is a tough field. There are many things that will
end up passed over if the program is shortened. Those who are trying to
get into a specialized field of law will find that they just don’t
have the knowledge that they need to do this well. Many fear that if they
shorten the program, lawyers will become less competent.
Currently, there are several accelerated programs available that already
have the third year cut out. For students looking to save a lot of money
and get into the field more quickly, this can be a great advantage. Some
may fear that they won’t learn everything that they need to know,
so it is really up to each student as to what is going to work the best
for them. It is not something that is good or bad, it just depends on
what each student wants to get.
Today’s post was contributed by Thomas Jay, professional blogger for
Rue & Ziffra. Thomas is an avid writer who lives in Orlando, Florida. He is a proud
father of two and spends the majority of his free time with his family.