In an ideal world, here is how a legal ethics talk would have started out: “Yes, Drake is charging you $30,750 a year (tuition was NOWHERE near this level when I was a student here in 1978) and when you leave the school, many of you WILL NOT have jobs as attorneys, even in small law firms or government agencies. THE SCHOOL MISLED YOU with incomplete employment statistics. The school MADE LOTS OF MONEY off of these stats. The ABA is AWARE of this situation and allows the schools to engage in this fraud. Yet, it is YOU – the gullible student – who must hold yourself to a high ethical standard.”
“Justice Cady also spoke about how we are the future of the legal practice. That leaves us with a lot of power. We get to set the rules, we can hold the profession to a higher standard and fight for high ethical standards to remain a pinnacle of the profession. On the other hand, we will represent the profession, we will be the face of an industry that is not entirely lovable. We get to work to continue to evolve the profession from where it might have been, to where it can be. With great power comes great responsibility.”
Does anyone with even a passing knowledge of the industry actually believe any of this? “We get to set the rules? We [have] a lot of power?” WOW!! Some law students are pretty naïve, after all. Usually, the first week of law school is enough to disabuse one of these notions. The power resides with the money masters – the judges, bureaucrats and elected officials are merely the sock puppets of the wealthy industrialists.
“We will represent the profession”? Not unless you become a federal appeals court judge, a partner in a Biglaw firm, or a high-ranking politician. Not much chance of that happening with a Drake law degree - or a JD from most law schools, for that matter.
And my personal favorite: “We can fight for high ethical standards to remain a pinnacle of the profession.” The profession of prostitution maintains higher ethical standards than law does.
Yet more tripe:
“Drake Law School is in a very unique position because of our connection to Des Moines. Our alumni remain connected to the university and often come back to speak. It was an honor to have Justice Cady speak with us, and he left us with some great questions and philosophies for our future in the legal profession.”
Does having alumni speak to you help you find a legal job? Does it help one pay back his student loans? As far as stating that “It was an honor” to have a law industry defender speak to you, I want to puke. I cannot stomach this any longer.
Hopefully, this guy writes law essays better than the writing skills he exhibits on his blog. (I hope he smashes his final exams.) To top it all off, I’ll bet this young student is paying full sticker for the privilege of obtaining a prestigious law degree from Drake. With delusional optimism like this, you can count on more law schools being built.