The Legal Profession Cannot Shrink Itself Fast Enough

It is fortunate that the legal profession is renowned for its graceful sense of humor about its own problems, because the "new generation" of lawyers will consist only of one cute dog, because everyone else knows that going to law school would be the worst possible decision that a young adult can make except for eating that third slice of Pizza Hut's new Cheesy Bites™ pizza simulacrum. Let's check in on the depressing mire of gloom that is the legal profession and its educational antecedents, shall we?

Whereas just a few years ago every half-bright graduate of a "good" college wanted to go to law school in order to "wait out" the recession and graduate with a "sure thing" type of degree [pause for laughter], the law school boom has been imploding for a year or more now. Law schools are taking note! Inside Higher Ed reports that the University of California's Hastings School of Law is going to admit 20% fewer students this year. But why? "There are too many law schools and there are too many law students and we need to do something about that."

Ehh, shut up stupid blogger jerk talking crap about lawyers who probably saved the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal with their righteous legal skills. Oh, sorry—that quote was from the law school's dean. Anyhow. In other news, the law firm formed by the biggest merger in law firm merger history is collapsing into a pile of dust.

One day we'll all look back and laugh about this (assuming we didn't go to law school).

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