Q: My brother, a lawyer, told his daughter not to go anywhere near law for her career. Do you agree?
A: No, I don’t. Yes, law schools need a good deal of reform in operating efficiencies and curricula; yes, hiring practices need to be more effective in spotting talent and in inclusivity; yes, law students (and lawyers) need to do a better job in setting career priorities and learning to search for jobs with conviction and strength.
That said, though challenging and not for everyone, law remains an honorable, rewarding, impactful, and satisfying career for many. There are a broad range of diverse ways to use a law degree and legal skills, with traditional to alternative to non-legal possibilities.
Perhaps your brother should find a new role rather than guiding your niece away from his profession, if she really aspires to attend law school. Were she my daughter, I would encourage her.