He encourages students to consider going to a lower-cost school in three years, which would allow for an additional summer's worth of experience.
"You get two years of a legal education, at some schools, but you pay for three. They charge you basically by the degree. That's where the student as a consumer has to be very careful," he says.
To make it through an intense, accelerated law school program, current student Smith has some encouraging words for his peers considering a similar path. "It takes some stamina and some foresight," he says. "You kind of have to prepare for that."
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