Recently Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. When asked about the single best piece of advice he could give law students, he responded that students shouldn’t take “frill courses.” He continued:

The only time you’re going to have an opportunity to study a whole area of the law systematically is in law school. You should not waste that opportunity. Take the bread-and-butter courses. Do not take, ‘law and women,’ do not take ‘law and poverty,’ do not take ‘law and anything.’

I agree to an extent with the Justice, but given how specialized the practice of law has become, there is definitely value in taking some focused courses and learning about a specific area of law, or particularly how to practice law and the skills associated with practicing.

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