Last year, President Obama supported the idea of two-year law school programs. This past May, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia railed against two-year law school programs (compared to the traditional three years). He argued that two years is not sufficient for training for the profession of law, but treats law school instead like a trade school.
This week, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg seconded Scalia’s motion, using essentially the same language:
Two years—it does reduce the respect, the notion that law is a learned profession. You should know a little about legal history, you should know about jurisprudence. [Two years] makes it more of a craft like the training you need to be a good plumber.
Not sure why she thought to make a crack against plumbers. Time and US News and World Report say the average plumber makes about $50,000 per year – not much less than a local prosecutor or public interest lawyer. Moreover, Time notes that a good plumber in Cincinnati with seven years experience can make $100,000 or more.
In any case this gives us a chance to mention the Notorious R.B.G. tumblr. Just because we can.