Career Path Assessments

Constantine N. Katsoris in U.S. News and World Report, July 01, 2009

I applaud your recent article on law schools, "The Attractions of Night School" ["Jobs for the Future," May 2009]. Fordham University Law School's evening program is more than 95 years old, yet over the years, it has been repeatedly suggested we abandon it on the grounds that working distracts a student from concentrating on his or her studies. I am proud that Fordham resisted such peer pressure and stood firm on its commitment. As an urban school, we consider it an obligation to make a career in the law available to those who, for one reason or another, cannot afford full-time study and, as part of that obligation, strive to keep our evening program at the same level of excellence as our full-time program. I am proud to have taught in the night program for 45 years. Accordingly, I can readily attest to your portrayal of night students as exceptional and highly motivated individuals who want to make something of themselves despite insurmountable barriers.