Nothing against Christianity and religious people, but is it really necessary for Louisiana to open up ANOTHER law school with a focus on the Christian faith? I'm really misleading BIDER readers here, because I don't care if Louisiana opened up a law school with a focus on Spanish Language, a law school with a focus on freeing the innocent and wrongly convicted, or a law school focused on sharia law. We don't need another law school. But, Louisiana has opened a law school in Shreveport and they are giddy about it. I find it ironic that this announcement is made on the heels of the news from the Newark Star Ledger about dismal job prospects for New Jersey Lawyers.
Eager Lemming and Future Judge Paul Pressler School of Law Grad thinks, "But Louisiana is different than New Jersey. There's tons of opportunity here. Especially for those with Christian values."
Hmmm. I don't know.
I've never been to Shreveport, only New Orleans--which was a small, provincial and charming town. Is Shreveport bigger? How often do you Christian Values come into play when practicing the law? Okay, these are the issues that may offend one's sense of morality as a solo, and these kids will be solos:
1. Should I, or should I not, represent those seeking divorce when I don't believe in divorce?
2. Should take on a bankruptcy client when it's immoral to avoid paying one's debt.
3. Should I represent a women who was sexually harassed at work when she dresses too provocatively?
Actually, while I was drafting this list, I thought--people that have such a strong sense of morality that they seek to influence others, probably have no business being an attorney. I represent many people I know and respect and many others that I think are slime, but justified legally. I don't think there is room in the practice of law for morality. What's legal is not always right--morally speaking. According to the Shreveport Times, the school will provide a "biblical worldview" with the goal of training future lawyers "to defend conservative Christian values in courtrooms and politics."
Well, maybe there's a void? Maybe there is no law school addressing this pressing need? Nope. Welcome to Regent School of Law: What makes Regent unique among law schools approved by the American Bar Association is that we thoroughly integrate a Christian perspective in the classroom. We are committed to the proposition that there are truths--eternal principles of justice--about the way we should practice law and about the law itself. We believe character matters. We talk openly about how an attorney can have integrity and humility in a profession that challenges both. And we discuss not only what the law is, but also its origin and what it ought to be.
You're not unique anymore, Regent.
Actually, on a side note, I chose my pen name "Angel" because I felt that it was divinely ironic that I am doing the devil's work and I'm a very moral person. I wonder what these kids will think of the practice of law.
So, one more law school--another 100 or so students unemployed in the near future. Welcome, kids! It's been a hell of a ride and I'm happy you can join!
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