Lawmakers from the South Sound have recently championed adding a law school in Tacoma, even though law school graduates across the county are having trouble finding jobs as licensed attorneys.No doubt they will do a responsible feasibility study like Charlotte and Indiana Tech. No blinders.
UW officials say they’re working to determine whether there’s a demand for a law school at UWT before going forward and building it.
The university has hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study to determine how much building a law school would cost, whether students would be interested in attending and whether jobs would be available for those students after they graduate.
“We can’t go into this with blinders on,” said UWT Chancellor Mark Pagano. “We are excited and enthusiastic about it, but we have to do our due diligence.”
There's a whole bunch of crap in the article, including some personal interest anecdote and commentary from Brian Tamanaha, who, years after last writing a comprehensive book on the subject, still feels somehow qualified to give his opinion.
Thankfully, the article balances it out with people who are living in 2016 and not 2013.
But the deans of the other two law schools in Washington state said the ABA employment numbers don’t always reflect the ways the legal profession is changing.
Today, many people enroll in law school without intending to work as lawyers, said Jane Korn, dean of the Gonzaga law school. They instead might want to do compliance work for the NCAA, or work in investment banking or the technology industry.And
Kellye Testy, dean of the UW Seattle law school, said it’s possible that a law school at UWT could be more attractive to applicants and potential employers because it bears the UW brand.And
Paula Littlewood, the bar association’s executive director, said the organization expects it could lose up to half its membership in the next five to 15 years.And
Law school backers envision a law school that would be different from others in the state.Ah, that's the verbal opium my system loves.
The feasibility study practically writes itself. That Tacoma is somehow operating without a law school is like a nuclear power plant running without a T-437.
Amid the classic arguments - retiring boomers, JD-advantage jobs, a "unique" fourth-tier fuckwad factory - I'm particularly delighted to see the estimable Kellye Testy whip out a new one: the state school brand name argument.
We've already seen it work in other states. IU-Indianapolis is one of the top law schools in Indiana. Arkansas-Little Rock is the second best school in its state. For a while, Rutgers had two schools that were neck-in-neck to be among the best in the northeast. California's got like five schools milking the state school thing.
Frankly, more schools should try this. Instead of "North Carolina Central" having a law school, why not call it "University of North Carolina Law School - Durham?" Instead of "Western Michigan Cooley Whatever,' why not "University of Michigan Law School - Lansing Campus?" Remember when they slapped Michigan State on some crap school and it shot up the rankings?
These aren't geniuses buying at sticker here. Make every school a name brand and they'll be like 75k lining up to study Palsgraf and replace the masses departing the profession on their million dollar retirement savings.