Wow. Law Schools just don't get it. A few schools have started programs in Islamic Law. What a nice idea, right? Wrong. What in God's name, or Allah's name for that matter, will students do with a degree in a legal system that isn't used in this country? Are the students enrolled in these programs going to become barristers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Will they be more or less qualified than scholars from Al-Azhar University? Even if they were qualified, who the hell is going to hire a non-muslim over a muslim when dealing with a legal system based on religion? Will this prepare lawyers to be better practitioners in the United States? HELL no! Don't get me wrong, I am sure that these programs will be interesting, perhaps even enlightening. But it will do nothing at all to make University of Minnesota law grads more employable. Absolutely nothing. Let's just stop with the whole "juris doctorate" thing and call a law degree what it is: "B.A. Part II"--or perhaps B.S. as in BULL SHIT. Interesting classes are enticing. But, my secret to passing the New York bar on the first try wasn't Barbri--it was taking bar classes to the exclusion of anything interesting. It wasn't a huge loss since nothing in law school is that interesting. Anyhow, that's how you pass the bar, which may or may not make you nominally employable. That does nothing for your lack of practical skills. Lawyers and law firms have been on law schools for a while, for their utter failure to produce lawyers (rather than law school grads). I think it's hard for a bunch of nitwits that were too socially inept to practice law, to teach others. After all, those who can't do, teach--as the old adage goes.
This type of program does nothing to fix the obvious problem with law school.
I can hardly think of anything more useless than a J.D. with a concentration in Islamic Law for all 20 positions in the government that may or may not find it useful to understand the legal systems in the Middle East. Why don't we have programs in French Civil Code or Samurai Sword Fighting? Somewhere in the world, there may be a need. Will that need be in Minnesota? If I have to answer that question for you, you're a retard and please don't read my blog anymore.
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