It’s Not A Coronation
August 18, 2011 § 7 Comments
Upon graduation from Medical School, not a single newly-minted doctor is competent to perform a heart transplant (or remove a wart, for that matter).
After graduation from engineering school and passing the FE exam, no single civil engineer is capable of competently building a bridge over a bay.
After architecture school, none of the recent grads are capable of designing on a Frank Lloyd Wright or HOK scale.
Each of these professions perform important services that, if done wrong, result in disaster. Each requires a baseline education and, more importantly, entry level job experience that assists in understanding the craft and how to practice it competently, all in the relative safety of a supervised environment.
Knowing that the legal profession also performs important services that, when done wrong, result in disasters of epic proportions, what on earth would make anyone think that Law School could ever mint lawyers capable of immediate, unsupervised, competent, and independent practice?
Wake up, shut up, get back to work, and remember that law school is only an introduction to the legal profession, not a coronation.