For those of you, like me, teaching Professional Responsibility or Legal Ethics this fall, you might want to head over to PrawfsBlawg and check out Paul Horwitz's post on teaching legal ethics in a recession (here). I, too, will be assigning my PR students a variety of recent articles and blog posts about legal education and the economic realities of law practice.
And this morning I taught a new class for our first year students here at MSU Law, Foundations of Law, where we spent the morning discussing a series of problems I created based upon the stories recently making the news about the implications of debt on one's ability to obtain (or keep) a law license. You've likely seen these headlines...the NYT featured a law applicant's denial of admission to the New York bar a couple of years ago (here), another applicant's denial of admission to the Ohio bar was covered earlier this year by ABC News (here), and an Illinois attorney recently had his license suspended for failure to make loan payments on education debt (here). My students and I discussed these cases both to examine (and critique) the bar admissions and discipline process as well as to get students thinking now about how they can avoid finding themselves in these situations in the future.
If you are interested in using the problems and the teaching guide I created, send me an email. I'd be happy to share the material.