pluto111 wrote:Orange county does not have a good law school. And there's still a lawyer shortage in CA (and the rest of the country for that matter) since half of those appearing in California courts do not have the benefit of attorney representation. Those jobs just don't pay as much or garner the envy of TLS posters, but they certainly exist at the right price. I agree, though, that UCI, like almost every school in California, is only worth considering at this point if you get a substantial scholarship.
What you say is true. There are enough lawyers for the rich and middle class, but not enough for the poor. However, the poor can't afford to pay legal fees. The "right price" that you speak of is probably not far from pennies. No lawyer will work for that little, especially when they have mountains of debt. The "right price" you're thinking of is probably less than minimum wage because that's all many poor Americans can afford. Think of it this way. Everyone wants representation in court. I don't know anyone that would rather go alone. However, if I were poor and all I can afford is $7/hr for an attorney, where the F#$% am I going to find an attorney that will take my case?! Unless there's some kind of government program that would subsidize it, most poor people will never get legal representation.
Creating the UCI law school doesn't help solve this problem at all. Everyone that graduates there is going to be representing the same rich/middle class/government/corporate people as everyone else. They're just adding more graduates to an already saturated market.