It's unfortunate that people are leaving law school with six figures of debt in an unforgiving job market, but eliminating a year of legal education isn't the answer. The legal profession is afflicted with any number of problems, but excessively well-trained lawyers is not among them. Reducing the law degree to the equivalent of an M.A. will diminish the stature of the degree and of the profession, and will only exacerbate the oversupply of job-seekers in a glutted market. If law school is too expensive, one easy place to look for cuts is the elite class of "prestige professors" making six-figure salaries to teach one seminar a year while writing books, appearing on talk shows and lending their famous names to their institutions. Because so many students have locked up an offer of full-time employment, they have come to view the third year of law school as a needless impediment between them and the profession. Instead, we could make the third year into a more meaningful experience by, for example, making sure that every graduate leaves with literacy in technology, finance, business management and other essential law-practice skills, while doing mandatory public-service practicum work to serve those in need (immigration court would be an excellent place to start).