FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker has pledged to add schools of medicine and law to a state that has neither.
State Rep. Scott Kawasaki says he'll file legislation before the Alaska Assembly reconvenes in January that would create the graduate programs.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Alaska is the only state without a law school, and one of the few states without a medical school.
Kawasaki says Alaska suffers from doctor shortages and high legal and health care costs.
University of Alaska system spokeswoman Kate Ripley says adding graduate programs would require an analysis of student demand and the work force needed to staff both schools.
Dear Rep. Scott Kawasaki,
Please leave well enough alone. Your state has a relatively small and wealthy population. Don't you like it that way? Adding a bunch of poor law grads won't make legal fees more affordable--it will glut your legal system with malpractice cases and leave many Alaskans with below par legal representation. You will have an influx of law students to your state that will bring down the median income upon graduating. They will have no real skills to contribute to the Alaskan Economy. I can see through your lies, Mr. Representative. You obviously want a cash cow in the state, but I hope that you will be able to live with the repercussions of your actions. It's one thing to hear about homeless crazies dying in the harsh Alaskan cold--but a whole different thing to deal with the over-educated and underemployed law school grads taxing your meager welfare system. Think better of this whole plan. There isn't a state in the Nation that needs a law school. Your state is better for not having one.
Angel the Lawyer