As our readers know, law schools do a horrible job of preparing one to be an attorney. The day after graduation, family and friends come out of the woodwork and ask you for legal services varying from writing wills to reviewing leases to suing the local TGIF for a slip and fall. The irony, of course, is that you are unable to assist any of them. You have no real skills. So, you MUST work for a law office or a non-profit or somewhere to learn how to do what you thought you went to law school for three years to learn--how to practice the law.
Surprisingly, there's a First Tier school that is WORSE at preparing you for real life than others. Apparently, the University of Texas School of Law is notorious for not preparing students for life. Apparently, UTLS [my own acronym] has developed a bit of a reputation for not considering the future of their graduates as practicing attorneys. Of course, that's probably true of most law schools--but I would venture to say that UT is worse. They don't require Legal Research and Writing as a first year class! "In a survey of accredited law schools, Texas was the only school without a mandatory brief-writing course. In fact, only about half of first-year students surveyed reported being able to get into a brief-writing course. As a result, they will not be trained how to present arguments to a court — one of the most basic legal skills."
Since that is the only class in law school that is somewhat practical, you can imagine how their graduates feel floating in the legal industry on a raft of incompetence and lack of practical skills.
Judge Harry Edwards once wrote a scathing review of Law Schools, and UT in particular, when a well known UT constitutional law professior confided to the judge that he was "unwilling to redirect his activities in useful ways," even though he recognized that the school's approach to a legal education was failing the graduates in their long term career goals. Then, just recently, a law professor at UT delayed releasing his grades by two months--costing a student a summer internship (the spots were filled while he awaited the grade). Also, at an ALI conference, a UT professor said, “In the academy we are tending too much to pretend that we are a think tank and a graduate school and forgetting that the high percentage of our graduates are going to go into the practice of law and ought know at least a little about what lawyers do and how they ought to do it.”
Hmmm.. I thought all law students seek to practice the law. Nonetheless, very observant.
A well-known lawyer even wrote to the UTLS dean, informing him that his graduates are "incompetent legal writers and he would never hire a UT Law graduate again.
But, instead of taking the advice and criticisms to heart, and changing the curriculum to make better lawyers, UTLS is actually making the situation worse. "UT Law instead chooses to steer law students away from taking practical courses by offering grossly grade-inflated first-year electives on such totally impractical topics as Race and Gender in the Constitution. The first-year curve in all courses is set at 3.3; the average in these “electives” is a 3.8."
Race and Gender? That has got to be the fluffiest class ever. Furthermore, to reward students that are avoiding bar subjects with a higher GPA is a little wacky. I only took bar classes, so that I could pass the bar. I thought that was a practical use of my time. This set-up allows kids to pursue higher GPAs in lieu of practical skills.
"A student in Race and Gender in the Constitution commented, “The class is a complete joke and a waste of time, but the professor gives almost everyone A’s.” Since law students’ employment is determined by their first-year GPA, creating such an exception to the curve is unfair to other students and misleading to employers relying on the veracity of student transcripts."
What a joke. And this is considered a T1? It's no wonder that lawyers are unemployable.