Little Value Added
I was going to start this off by saying you shouldn’t go to law school because there’s no value added, but I figured that was too much hyperbole, and in today’s world, defenders of the law school system (ie: professors) like to dismiss any argument that is in the slightest bit off point rather than giving them the benefit of a savings clause, because, as we know, law professors aren’t neutral arbiters of the value of law school, they are advocates.
Anyways, little value added. It’s long been accepted that law school doesn’t prepare you to immediately practice law. It merely supposes to prepare you to learn how to practice law. It doesn’t prepare you for the bar exam either. Sure, some of your classes may be relevant, but your education won’t be broad enough to save you the expense of a bar review course, unless of course you somehow managed to squeeze Trusts and Estates, Criminal Procedure, and Commercial Paper all into your law school schedule, in which case, sorry to hear you wasted 3 years of your life when you could have just wasted 3 months with BarBri.
There are two values that law school defenders like to say that it adds, that it “teaches you to think like a lawyer,” and that it makes you generally more appealing to a wide variety of employers, from defense department contract administration to health care industry contract administration.