Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Nontraditional Applicants: Law School is for You!

Be like a law dean and listen to US News:
Dawud Amin . . . has been a firefighter since 1999 and hopes to retire within the next two or three years. Then he can start his second career.  
"I always wanted to be a lawyer," he says. After a family living in subpar housing conditions died in a fire, Amin says, their deaths encouraged him to renew his focus on academics and get to law school to help those that are disadvantaged.
Indeed.  Now, instead of helping people by putting out actual fires and saving real lives and property, he can put out imaginary fires lit by bitter clients and dickwad adversaries who use half-truths and self-righteousness as fuel in a cruel game of arson-by-semantics.

But US News isn't just providing anecdotes of people headed in a direction to improve society.  It also provides practical advice, such as:

  • "Prospective students with a military background, [Taggart, associate dean of student affairs at Coastal] says, should ask, "Do they have student organizations for like peers?" and "Are there any local VA health centers?""
  • Disabled students should contact career services.  "Prospective students can ask what the office will do to dispel the myth that because they are students with a disability, they can't do the work" says Paula Pearlman of Loyola.
  • "Going to a school in a big metropolitan are can be helpful for students who will use law school to start a second career, says Sean Scott, associate dean at Loyola Law School."

With such unbiased experts as these providing such illuminating information, it's obvious that law school is a well-suited environment for nontraditional students.  Huh?  What's that you said?  Jobs?  Shit, that's on you, bro'.  Law school is all about the opportunity - not entitlement.  More seasoned students can easily understand this concept.

Also, you see what Mr. Scott did there?  That's gold medal shilling.  Gold medal.


  1. As an unemployed middle-aged graduate from the top of the class at one of the most prestigious institutions, I strongly advise non-traditional students to avoid both law school and the legal "profession" like the plague that they are.

    The comment about "career services" is particularly rich. "Career services" won't do a damn thing to help you to find work.

    1. I protest. Career services at most law schools does as much for non-traditional students as they do for traditional students. Fair is fair.

  2. Targeting minority communities and non-traditionals is a great way for the law school industry to have a jobless recovery.