I think if you can dye your hair or fix your nose, you can change your name.

Raoul Felder, the high-profile divorce lawyer, commenting on the trend of divorcées making up completely new names for themselves upon getting divorced.

(Continue reading for Felder’s harsh indictment of legal education.)

Last month, Felder sounded off on law schools in a letter to the New York Times:

The problem with law schools (and I see this from a vantage point of practicing law for more than 40 years and hiring lawyers just out of law school) is not one of economics — the price of a third year of law school. Rather, the problem is one of students not getting value for their money….

Frankly, law school is a waste of money for the students and their parents, and is best equated to the price one must pay to belong to a union.

Raoul Felder

This cartel-like aspect of legal education may explain why some observers want to remove or reduce the barriers to entry for the legal profession.

You can read Felder’s full letter here, and you can check out his new book here (affiliate link).

When the New You Carries a Fresh Identity, Too [New York Times]
How Much Law School Is Enough? [New York Times]
Reflections in a Mirror: Of Love, Loss, Death and Divorce [Amazon (affiliate link)]

Earlier: New York Times Op-Ed Advocates Letting Everybody Play ‘Lawyer’


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