NYU Law Added to Law School Kill List

Bitter Staff Columns, Lawyer

To great fanfare, we announced our Law School Kill List last Friday and promised to:

review the intelligence we’ve gathered on questionable law schools and assess the threat of those law schools to the profession. If the threat is sufficient, we’ll recommend adding the school to the kill list as a school to take out, once the opportunity arises.

While we announced the kill list initially as a “Fourth Tier Law School Kill List,” internal quarrelling and two fistfights within the kill list team (“KLT”) led to dropping the requirement that a school be TTTT. It also helps that some doofus at dailyconstitutionality.com took us seriously. Which led to that doofus’s school getting some needed attention. And then we dug further.

Today, we announce that New York University School of Law has been added to the law school kill list. Why? A few reasons:

  • It has yet to produce a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Sure, more than half of all U.S. Supreme Court justices never went to law school or even got a law degree. But lowly New York Law School—long in the unfortunate shadow of NYU—has had a Supreme: Justice John Marshall Harlan II. Hell, even upstate Albany Law School has produced two–and a US President. NYU, you’ve had your time.
  • It’s ridiculously expensive, takes up valuable Greenwich Village real estate, and needs to be taught a lesson. While weaker arguments, they are arguments nonetheless. In other words, why focus solely on third and fourth tier schools? NYU produces lawyers who then take up slots at big New York City law firms and then leave those law firms in less than a year, never to return to practice . Good slots, things that pay. That’s shameful.
  • NYU already has a good film school. Most of the folks enrolled in law school anyway would rather be making films, drawing cartoons, or creating some internet meme somewhere. Axing NYU law simply hastens the decision for them.
  • A blogger known as BL1Y, apparently a graduate of NYU School of Law, was mean to us. Really mean, going so far as to question our self-aggrandizing authority to manage and produce a law school kill list. This brought NYU to our attention, and it also put us over the edge. After all, we’ve always been arbitrary and capricious—why not extend that approach to killing things, like schools?

Why not Cooley or Charleston or one of the law school correspondence schools? Certainly, they remain strong persons of interest. But we are still gathering intelligence on them. For now, it’s NYU law. Stay tuned for others.

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