Where Did All the Lawyers Go?

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Robin Barton

When I entered the New York University (NYU) School of Law in 1989, I recall listening to classmates at orientation discuss why they'd chosen to attend law school.

I was shocked at how many said their choice was either law school or business school. Many of them had liberal arts degrees from prestigious universities. They figured what else can you do with, say, a philosophy degree?

In contrast, I was there because I wanted to be a prosecutor and couldn't imagine spending the time and money—and enduring the stress—of law school if I didn't really . . .

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