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Alaska is the only state in the Union without a law school. In this presentation I argue that meaningful debate about whether an Alaska law school should be founded has been hampered by a narrow discussion of its merits, that is, "Do we need more lawyers here?"
Who would ever answer, "Yes" to that?
I argue that framing the debate too narrowly both undercounts (1) the benefits that a law school would bring as a public good and (2) overestimates the costs of its construction, and (3) omits completely large opportunity costs incurred every year by failing to build one.