Monday, April 18, 2016

This Law School Professor is Afraid Law Schools are "Indoctrinating" Students with Lessons on "Justice"

File this to BWAHAHAHAHA, WUT? But not before you read on.

A friend of mine from law school sent me this post from The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, and it is (or should be) completely fascinating and rage-inducing to anyone with two brain cells to rub together and even the slightest shred of allegiance to the social compact.

Julie D. Lawton, a clinical professor of law at DePaul University in Chicago, just wrote a law review article expressing her deep fear and concern that too many law students are being "indoctrinated" with lessons on "justice."

Not LESSONS on JUSTICE? In LAW SCHOOL?!

Before we get to the reported content of Professor Lawton's article, though, let's note that this post appears in a newspaper whose credibility is in tatters. Why? Well, mostly because for over 40 years, its editorial pages have trumpeted the debunked, unfettered free-market "trickle down" economic theories that have given us America's current sham of a democracy. One which both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders supporters now agree is completely untenable.

Also, let's acknowledge that law review articles are not your typical peer-reviewed research paper akin to the vetted scholarship you'd expect to see in the scientific literature. They are basically a glorified version of this blog post, with footnotes edited under a magnifying glass by law students late at night, poring over a Blue Book guide to legal citation, which in turn is also written by law students, but at Harvard instead of whatever law school the students who are Blue Booking the articles are attending.

In any case, Professor Lawton argues that diminishing gaps to access in justice is a "laudable goal," but encouraging law students to "aid vulnerable and under-served populations" and work for nonprofits and government is just law school faculty "imposing their own morality upon students" by "inculcating" them with "a responsibility of social justice." And every law student has the "RIGHT to be FREE" from that! (Emphasis added).

Ah yes. Justice, schmustice.

It's been more than ten years since I've been in law school, but as I recall, law students never, EVER try to get high-paid jobs at corporate law firms. The existence of these jobs is completely ignored by law school administrations and faculty, in favor of pushing their students to make $15 an hour at a public defender agency or domestic violence awareness nonprofit. Because those jobs are so amazing for the schools' employment stats and future endowments. Of course! No one wants a corporate law job to repay their high interest student loans, and law schools definitely don't want students landing those jobs to bolster their statistics. 

Bottom line: it is very unfair how mergers, acquisitions, and securities transactional work gets the short end of the law school stick.

Furthermore, law students should just forget that they are officers of the court, a public branch of government (one of three, if memory serves). And that when they pass the bar, they swear an oath to uphold their state and federal constitutions, which (also if memory serves) are public documents upon which all our basic human rights in American democracy rest, such as the right to life, liberty, equal protection, free speech, and to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, unreasonable search and seizure, self-incrimination, double jeopardy, takings by eminent domain, etc. 

The fact that in 2016 some three-quarters of American society still lacks meaningful access to these things and the rest don't is not a problem at all. Or if it is a problem, it's certainly not a problem that the people best positioned to solve should do anything about.

Instead, all young lawyers should be encouraged to privately profit as much as humanly possible off of what is fundamentally a public system, by making sure that the people who need them the least should pay them the most.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Professor Lawton for this insightful article. The world's tiniest violin symphony is now playing a dirge next to the latte machine in the cafeteria of every white shoe law firm in America, and at the 18th hole of every golf course on which they court their clients. 

If it weren't for brave, outspoken academics like Professor Lawton, radical, cultish notions of "social justice" would erode the corporate glue that keeps our one percenter oligarchy ticking away like the well-oiled machine that it is.

Slow clap for your vigilance Prof. Lawton, suhhlooow clap.

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