When I applied to law school in 1975, the nation was recovering from a severe and prolonged recession. Even so, I always assumed that I’d be able to make a comfortable living with a legal degree, although I didn’t think that practicing law would make me rich.
Legal educators are still fantasizing that law firms will create more positions for new lawyers. The latest pipe dream suggests that big firms will "give talented graduates of less prestigious institutions a chance to shine" in residencies that teach lawyering skills.
Cheaper legal education and more liberal rules would benefit America’s lawyers--and their clients. All around the world, lawyers generate more hostility than the members of any other profession--with the possible exception of journalism. But there are few places where clients have more grounds for complaint than America.
Canada’s controversial 20-year-old legal definition of hatred is set to be updated or even overturned on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court of Canada rules in the case of William Whatcott, a born-again anti-gay pamphleteer who ran afoul of Saskatchewan’s Human Rights Code.
Pitting freedom of religion and speech against a legal regime that bans the repeated public expression of hate, the Whatcott case could see the legal foundation of several anti-hate laws crumble, including Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Employers are duty-bound to provide a safe working environment for staff. If employees are required to drive as part of their duties, then asking them to work in adverse weather conditions can expose businesses to negligence claims or result in a breach of health and safety regulations.
In theory, we have a legal system in the United States that provides for equality before the law. In practice, to get your rights enforced through the legal system requires a good lawyer. And in practice, while large companies and rich individuals can afford good lawyers, normal people can’t. Consequently, the legal system works much better for rich people and firms controlled by rich people than it does for other people. Law school clinics, at which bright lawyers-in-training take on issues that would otherwise go unaddressed are an effort to counteract this.