Here, for example, are just some classics for those ripe relatives. Bonus points if you rope someone's tag-along significant other into applying and then they break up, and double bonus points if you work in a tasteless reference to current events (e.g., Pepperdine being a hot choice).
- "The LSAT is way easier than the MCAT or GRE. It's not even curved or anything, and law schools are now taking people who score like a 150."
- "The time to buy is when other people are selling, and people have been selling law school for years."
- "My friend is in Brooklyn and can't find a lawyer to take a definitely good and viable case. Brooklyn!"
- "I saw on the news the other day, you won't believe this, but apparently so many law schools have closed that the lawyer shortage is expected to increase dramatically in the next few years."
- "Rural places are so desperate for lawyers that they're actually paying people to practice law there now!"
- "The only good thing about all that regulation that Bay-rack O'bummer put in is that there's got to be a demand for all sorts of lawyers now gettin' rich off it."
- "My lawyer friend just bought a 7500 square foot house."
- "My lawyer friend just bought a Porsche."
- "My lawyer friend's kids won't speak to him because he's banging his smokeshow secretary."
- "My lawyer friend says it's exactly like Law & Order."
- "Law is entering the age of the consumer and bidding adieu to the guild that enshrined lawyers and the myth of legal exceptionalism."
- "Law is no longer solely about lawyers; law firms are not the default provider of legal services; legal practice is no longer synonymous with legal delivery; the legal buy/sell balance of power has shifted from lawyers to legal buyers; lawyers do not control both sides of legal buy/sell; and the function and role of most lawyers is changing as digital transformation has made legal consumers—not lawyers—the arbiters of value."
- ""Knowing the law” is now a baseline that must be augmented by new skills that are seldom taught by law schools—data analytics, business basics, project management, risk management, and "people skills" to cite a few."
- "There is enormous opportunity to train students to better serve law’s “retail” segment. Tens of millions of new legal consumers would enter the market if there were more new, efficient delivery models that better leverage lawyer time utilizing technology, process, data, metrics, and a client-centric business structure."
In other words, it's perfect for law school persuasion. Remember: these kids haven't gone through the process yet. They still believe in fairness and that money-making systems can change because they morally should. Dumb Millennials.
And what's really great about this multi-sided naivete is that the law school industrial complex can milk the fuck out of this fat cow. New faculty specialists in legal technology. Hybrid, Frankenstein-spawned law/business management degrees. Certificate programs in SQL and the Law.
But of course, nothing is more crucial to this "new" lawyering than experiential learning. And what better way is there to learn the methods of venture capitalism than torching three years of time and a stack of cash on a risky venture? Which brings me to my final selling point at the o' holiday table:
- "And if it doesn't work out, it's not like Chapter 13 is the end of the world."