Sylvester discusses support for students, alumni

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 Douglas Sylvester

There is little doubt that the practice of law and, therefore, law schools are experiencing significant economic pressures.  As the economic waves have rolled through our profession, many articles have been written about law school being a bad economic choice for future students.  In fact, we receive many comments and perspectives from our current students and alums whenever these articles appear in a popular newspaper or on a prominent website.

I think it’s important to note, when there are reasons to that not all situations involving lawyers’ economic woes have to do with their decision to attend law school.  A recent piece in the New York Times and a response from Professor Adam Levitin at Georgetown Law highlight that not all lawyers’ financial woes can be traced back to the fateful day that they chose to become a 1L.

Here at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, we are working diligently to help our graduates with the changes in the legal profession.  We offer financial aid to more students than at any time in the College’s existence, there is an emphasis on clinical and experiential education, and we are launching the country’s first teaching law firm to train our graduates and better prepare them for their careers.

The practice of law has been and continues to be an attractive and rewarding career choice.  There are undoubtedly challenges that must be overcome during this tumultuous time and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is dedicated to providing service to our alums and students as they blaze their career paths.

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