An example: look to this letter to the editor from Charlotte, NC:
A good argument can be made that North Carolina is oversupplied with law schools. But all of them are concentrated in the Raleigh-Durham/Greensboro/Winston-Salem I-40 corridor.Let's break this argument down into its formal components.
A good solution to the Charlotte School of Law problem would be for UNC Charlotte to acquire the school...
Premise: North Carolina is oversupplied with law schools.
Premise: All of North Carolina's law schools are concentrated on one isolated, lonely stretch of major highway that connects multiple major metropolitan areas.
Conclusion: UNC-Charlotte should buy up one that's already closing
In philosophy circles, this form of argument is known as argumentum whateverum. There's a superficially obvious solution if Premises A and B are both true, as well as a secondary solution that would address both premises, yet the writer winds up ignoring Premise A entirely - it may as well be false - in developing a solution that in no way addresses its merits.
And frankly, it's understandable in this situation. We've written before how research has shown that every major metropolitan area requires a school of law to be a real city. Charlotte is the 24th largest metro area in the U.S. Its peers - St. Louis, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh - average 1.5 law schools (higher if you count UC-Davis as being in Sacramento).
We cannot let Charlotte become a pariah among these 3rd-tier cities. It must keep its law school.
Really, this strategy should be the exit plan of any noble entrepreneur wishing to establish a for-profit law school. Set it up in a good metro area, count the cash from Uncle Sam and then - when the spigot rudely shuts off - demand a bailout by way of acquisition from an established local school, preferably public so all that "serving the community" bullshit comes to fruition in a profitable way.
Recall that Texas Wesleyan was effectively bailed out by Texas A&M; that people in Charleston wanted to see the school merge with College of Charleston, and now Charlotte is desperate to keep the engorging prestige of a first-rate legal education enterprise.
I think now might be the appropriate time to plant a few other seeds.
The University of North Florida needs a law school, don't you think? We can't leave Jacksonville naked!
Wouldn't Grand Canyon Law sound...dramatic? #SaveLawSchoolinPhoenix
Atlanta needs three, don't you think? Georgia. Tech. Law.
NYLS shouldn't close. It should merge with Julliard!
[Name of new Law School in Barrow, Alaska] closing would imperil justice in all of the Arctic Circle! Ilisagvik College of Law has a nice ring to it!