Does Oklahoma need hundreds of new lawyers a year?

Published: July 22, 2012

After reviewing the story about Oklahoma City University's School of Law wanting to take over the downtown Central High School building for its 600 students, I got to thinking: Does Oklahoma really need hundreds of newly minted lawyers a year, on top of the thousands already licensed? Lawyers produce little of value; they simply profit from other peoples' misfortunes. A fine example is the traveling troupe from New York that came to town, got a settlement from the Department of Human Services and then asked for princely sums for their, ahem, work: $700 an hour. Other examples abound. And it's far from clear that we need more members of this once-august profession to ply their trade among the diminishing ranks of the gainfully employed. Lest anyone think I'm an ignoramus grouching about a subject whose significance I can't fully grasp, I've been a dues-paying member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 2005.

Jesse Pond, Oklahoma City

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