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Open letter to young persons contemplating the study of law

There has never been a better or more important time to go to law school and to become a lawyer

“Professions are performed only by individuals, and the integrity of professional practice is not easily isolated from the integrity of a whole character, the habits of valuation, judgment and perception that guide a person through the world.” —Jedediah Purdy,“For Common Things: Irony, Trust and Commitment in America Today”

Good lawyers, lawyers with integrity, have an interest in the law that extends beyond their retirement date. This is because good lawyers understand that practicing law is not just a job, defined by its attendant paycheck, but a profession with public and moral responsibilities that survive them. Thus, good lawyers care deeply about the young lawyers who will rise to take their place. And because of that, good lawyers are very worried these days.

PD Villarreal

PD Villarreal is senior vice preisdent of global litigation at GlaxoSmithKline.

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