WSJ column proposes solution to rising legal fees

Law professor and firm associate suggest universities offer undergraduate degree in law

It’s simple math, according to John O. McGinnis and Russell D. Mangas. The high cost of law school leads to a limited supply of lawyers, and results in big legal bills for clients and few legal services for the middle class.

But McGinnis, a law professor at Northwestern University, and Mangas, an associate at Kirkland & Ellis, have a solution to this problem, and they wrote about it today in a Wall Street Journal column, “First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Law Schools.” McGinnis and Mangas propose that undergraduate universities be allowed to offer majors in law that would entitle those undergraduate law students to take the bar exam and serve a one-year apprenticeship.


Cathleen Flahardy

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