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Each year, approximately 1.5 billion otherwise sane college graduates enter law school. (This figure includes at least 350 students a year in countries other than the United States. ) These new law students come from all walks of life-laid-off brokers, laid-off autoworkers, unemployed M.B.A.s, disillusioned public school teachers, political science majors, political science majors, and more political science majors. Three years later, they emerge-the best and brightest nonproductive professionals that any struggling debtor nation has ever produced, the core of America's hopes for the twenty-first century.
Why do they do it? What is it about law school that attracts so many otherwise intelligent students? Of course, every present and former law student knows the answer to this question, or they wouldn't have attended law school. However, current statistics show that a few unfortunates, many of whom live in isolated sections of Montana, Wyoming, and Staten Island, still have not enrolled in law school. Obviously, information concerning the benefits of law school has not yet filtered out to these isolated areas. Those people must be contacted to help ease this nation's severe shortage of lawyers.