law schoolHow old is too old to attend law school? What limits should be created to maintain law school classes at an ideal young age?

If those questions strike you as odd—or offensive—you may not be engaged in the legal profession in India. On that subcontinent, arguments are brewing over whether age limits on law school applicants are appropriate or misguided.

I had read an article about possible age limits a few years ago, and the idea seemed far-fetched to my American sensibilities.

older studentThe multiple-year dialogue about the issue was answered this past month when at least one bar association in India kept in place age limits on law school admission. That decision has been met with anger and derision by some. But the article about the rule provides quite a view into divergent expectations about a profession and whom should be provided the ripest of life’s opportunities.

Is there an ideal age for law school enrollment? The fact that even asking the question raises hackles is pretty telling.

(Meanwhile, I wrote last year about a young woman who became the youngest-ever barrister after graduating from university.)

(And for contrast, go back and read my post about Gregory Dean Hague, the 61-year-old honored by the State Bar in 2010 for being the high-scorer on the bar exam. Pretty cool.)

Gregory Dean Hague

Gregory Dean Hague

As the American legal education system continues in its cycle of contraction and innovation, we occasionally spot ideas that are truly new. Other times, ideas seem tailored for marketing purposes, merely aimed to draw in students and tuition dollars. But gazing across the oceans—even toward ideas that may offend our sensibilities—may jar us into looking anew at the educational creation of professionals.

A hat tip to the generous Dan Kittay of Kittay New Media, who pointed me toward this month’s news story.

I also recommend a great post by The Careerist that addresses the question “Too Old for Law School?”

Have a great—and non-age-restricted—weekend.

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