A “predictable last resort”

 September 27, 2010

By  Casey Berman

Just in, from the Onion . . .

Law Schools Now Require Applicants To Honestly State Whether They Want To Go To Law School

September 15, 2010

NEW YORK—A growing number of law schools have begun requiring applicants to specify in writing whether they do, in fact, have some desire to attend law school, or are just using it as a predictable last resort.  “We want to separate those who actually see themselves becoming attorneys from those who just want to put off joining the adult world for another three years,” Fordham Law School director Bruce Green said Thursday, showing reporters an application that asks students to check boxes marked “Really?” and “Seriously? You’re really that into this?”   “We want prospective students to know that they will actually have to study the U.S. legal system.  As in, the whole thing.”   Word of the new requirement has already reportedly caused a 450 percent spike nationwide in applications to graphic design schools.

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  1. Casey –

    This is hilarious. I LOVE the Onion, which was formed and used to be based in Madison, WI, the city of my alma mater, UW. It’s funny b/c it’s true….my wife is an attorney and she pretty much says the same thing to anyone who wants to go to law school. Actually, kind of sad 🙁

    BTW – I heard of you through the Unique Genius program I’m taking with Aaron Ross. I actually heard about you awhile ago, but I came here today based on an old call that Aaron had posted, which you made a few comments on. I totally resonate with what you’re doing here and comments you had made on that call last year about work. My current focus is on mindfulness, but more and more I’m thinking my UG is tied to mindful working and creating a more mindful work environment.

    This post really gets to that. I meditate and study mediation through the Shambhala tradition. One of the first questions that is asked and one used for contemplation is “Why am I meditating?” It’s a very important question and I find that people need to take this approach at work. Instead of moving to another job or striving for a promotion or, in this example, going to Law School, the first question to ask is “Why am I doing what I’m doing,” or “Why do I want to do this” with an open heart, honesty and gentleness towards ourselves.


    1. Hi Nate

      Thanks so much for the comment. Somtimes satire says it the best and most clearest.

      It’s easy to begin something (meditating, law school, a job) without really thinking why you yourself do it. You know others do it . . . but why should I do this?

      Keep us posted on what you’re up to.

      Thanks again

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