Law students and lawyers are increasingly concerned about the growing number of new law school graduates. Each year, law schools in the United States produce are more law students and more new attorneys seeking attorney jobs. But there may not be enough attorney jobs to handle to growth.
Still, many believe that more law students will ultimately have a positive effect on society. To evaluate whether the increasing number of law school graduates is good, we should first consider the cause of the growth.
What is Causing the Growth?
There are more law school graduates each year for two reasons:
- Current law schools are increasing their class sizes (capacity for total enrolled students) and
- The ABA has been approving more law schools, increasing the total number of law schools.
Some Believe that More Law School Students is Bad.
One view is that the increasing number of law school graduates is bad because
- there are not enough attorney jobs for the new law school graduates (this may worry current law students) and
- more lawyers may foster more litigation in society.
Some Believe that More Law School Students is Good.
The other view is that more law school graduates is good for society because
- society has more educated and capable individuals in it and
- more attorneys will create competition to drive down the cost of legal services which, arguably, have long enjoyed a monopoly status by laws that prevent anyone but ABA approved law school graduates from practicing law.
What Do You Think?
Are there additional points that should be raised? Which side do you feel is persuasive and why?