Lawyer Offers Scholarship Not to Go to Law School

Chicago attorney Matt Willens is offering a $1,000 “Anything But Law School” scholarship for a college graduate who goes on to graduate school, but avoids law school. Willins told the National Law Journal the scholarship is not a stunt, but an attempt to raise awareness about the rough job market for law graduates and to encourage students to pursue less risky careers. He also warns about the dangers of new graduates heading out on their own unprepared. “Becoming a good lawyer takes years of training," he said. "You have people out there who are practicing without training. They’re doing the best thing they can. Sometimes they do the right thing, and a lot of times they don’t. It’s a black mark on the profession of the law.”