When University of Miami School of Law Dean Patricia White issued a letter this summer asking accepted students to reconsider their reasons for going to law school, it was heralded for its boldness and feared for what it represented: the end of an era.

There has been an increasing volume of commentary on the law school experience since the recession began, but rather than continue to highlight the problems, this letter attempted to initiate a discussion of solutions. The dean notes that the administration’s intention was genuine in that it asked prospective 1Ls to consider their choice of attending law school and offered them the option to defer their admission for one year to further reflect on their chosen path.

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