I am writing today in response to John Crosbie’s column titled “Law school not our top priority” (The Weekend Telegram, Aug. 10.)
In that column, Crosbie stated that we are not in need of a law school in this province for a number of different reasons. One of which was that he did not believe that there was a sufficient amount of people in this province who were not able to attend law school, but wished to do so. I must disagree with this statement.
He reported on one person who did not feel that making the move to another province for law school was a big issue.
I am sure that Shawn Kavanagh’s circumstances made it possible for him to make such an easy decision.
However, the personal and financial background of some people could make it unfeasible for a person who wishes to move for school impossible.
I myself always wanted the opportunity to study law. Unfortunately, I let that dream go a long time ago given my financial position.
My parents are not wealthy, or even financially stable.
They have not been able to fund my education, therefore I needed a student loan.
But, because I took a year off school to work before returning for university, I was not always able to get a student loan, and when I did get one it was not a full loan. Therefore I had to work for three months to save money for school to be able to attend the next semester.
My four year degree has now taken nearly seven years to complete.
Crosbie’s second statement was that Newfoundland and Labrador is not lacking in lawyers, with 1,598 members enrolled in the law society.
I agree that number is not a small one by any means, however, how many of them will continue practising law in the next five, 10 or 15 years? How many people will be retiring in the coming years?
Crosbie enjoyed using ancient quotes from very wise people, well, I offer you another one.
The famous philosopher Plato said, “A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”
The number of people who are currently enrolled in the law society is irrelevant, providing an excellent education to the people of this province is what our focus should be.
Before I conclude, I would like you to consider the good a law school will do for this province.
The building of a new facility will provide the province with new jobs. There is never anything wrong with that.
Also, consider the new jobs that will be made when the school opens. Professors, clerical positions, maintenance positions and more.
Secondly, a law school will bring in people from other provinces and countries.
With them they will bring their money, giving our province a financial boost.
I do not consider a law school in Newfoundland a financial burden, I think it would be a financial aid.