Saturday, September 6, 2014

Acrobats, Gun-Slingers, and Other Future Lawyers

In our first heartwarming item today, I bring you a future law student who uses the power of flexibility to cut back on that looming student loan debt:
The chill of the handcuffs gripped Ainsley Brundage’s wrists as the police pushed him out of the subway. A sea of strangers’ eyes stared and judged. Hooligan. Rascal. Imp [Imp?  How Dickensian you write! - ed.]. Most would not guess that Brundage’s dearest dream is to attend a school like Harvard Law, or that it is likely that he will.  
Brundage, 19, dances illegally inside subway cars to feed a small but steady flame inside him. He grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and is saving each dollar toward his dream of going to college upstate, far away from negative influences.
Life: it's a Disney film!  By the time Brundage makes it to Harvard, tuition will likely have dropped substantially (which I base on the principle of absolutely nothing), meaning that the money he makes on the subway can surely help him put a dent in the bill, if he doesn't get one of those full-ride scholarships.

And don't worry about C&F.  They usually look the other way on high school dropouts with fourteen arrests before the age of the 19.  His bar application is more likely to lead to a movie deal than a hearing.
So Brundage has said no to many parties the first week, and has been reading about Supreme Court cases and American business law in his room instead.
Give that man a scholarship!  Might I suggest Albany, which is a lot "like Harvard Law" in its own special ways???

But bending over and forgoing a social life aren't the only skills future lawyers need.  Law schools understand that new lawyers also need to be practice-ready, which will cure any employment/lawyer glut issues (which we deny exist).  Penn State (Carlisle edition) understands this, and is implanting a whole new program of tailored courses and experiential opportunities.  Let's hear from Interim Dean Gary Gildin:
"This is an effort to guide students in their elective class choices," Gildin said. "In a tougher legal marketplace, it will help them go into that marketplace with maximum ammunition as to their qualifications."
Gildin believes that scale, coupled with Dickinson Law's proximity to several county courts, the state Capitol in Harrisburg, and the federal government in Washington gives the Carlisle campus "unique attributes that are going to allow us to do this as well as or better than anyone else."
Maximum ammunition, motherfuckah!  You walk into Skadden or Weil Gotshal with the full ammo.50 cal machine gun of a Penn State-Carlisle business law concentration, you're getting ushered to a spare office with a private bathroom.

I'm also incredibly happy that Dean Gildin recognizes the unique placement of his law school being near a state capital and federal offices and such.  Other law schools like Maryland or Richmond simply can't offer that level of access.

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