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Georgetown 3L’s Supreme Court Appeal: Let Law Students Save Money, Take Bar After 2 Years

Posted Sep 1, 2010 2:51 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A number of law students see their third year as something of a waste of time—and money.

But Roger Gordon, 43, is walking the walk. The third-year student at Georgetown University Law Center has taken a leave of absence to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court his loss in a lawsuit seeking California's permission to take the bar exam after two years, reports the National Law Journal. Its article is reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).

"It's the first time a law student has said no," he tells the legal publication, noting that a law graduate's education-related debt can easily top $100,000 (his own is $175,000). "If I want to be a tenant rights lawyer, it's like slitting my throat. I can't afford to represent those folks."

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