FDR on today's legal economy

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FDR on today's legal economy

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:40 pm

"Take, again, the profession of the law. Our common sense tells us that we have too many lawyers and that thousands of them, thoroughly trained, are either eking out a bare existence or being compelled to work with their hands, or are turning to some other business in order to keep themselves from becoming objects of charity. The universities, the bar, the courts themselves have done little to bring this situation to the knowledge of young men who are considering entering any one of our multitude of law schools. Here again foresight and planning have been notable for their complete absence." -- FDR, Oglethorpe University, May 22, 1932


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Re: FDR on today's legal economy

Postby banjo » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:52 pm

Nice find actually.

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Re: FDR on today's legal economy

Postby alwayssunnyinfl » Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:03 pm

From the same speech

If you had been intending to enter the profession of teaching, you would have found that the universities, the colleges, the normal schools of our country were turning out annually far more trained teachers than the schools of the country could possibly use or absorb. You and I know that the number of teachers needed in the Nation is a relatively stable figure, little affected by the depression and capable of fairly accurate estimate in advance with due consideration for our increase in population. And yet, we have continued to add teaching courses, to accept every young man or young woman in those courses without any thought or regard for the law of supply and demand. In the State of New York alone, for example, there are at least seven thousand qualified teachers who are out of work, unable to earn a livelihood in their chosen profession just because nobody had the wit or the forethought to tell them in their younger days that the profession of teaching was gravely oversupplied.

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