Ron DeSantis says three years of law school is a ‘waste’

Ron DeSantis AP day
The Governor said law school could be done in one year, potentially.

Gov. Ron DeSantis continued his recent tradition of unsolicited critiques of higher education, saying Friday that current three-year law school tracks are a “waste.”

“You don’t need three years for law school,” DeSantis, a Harvard Law product, said in Naples Friday, where he was rolling out a job growth grant award to expand vocational offerings.

“Some of these degrees you see. You know, I went to law school; you don’t need three years for law school,” DeSantis divulged. “I mean, seriously, you don’t. You could do it probably in one. Definitely in two. You don’t need three.”

“It’s a waste,” DeSantis continued. “And there’s other degrees where they make you do more years than you need to. We don’t want them toiling for no reason. Get the skills and go out there and put them to use.”

Harvard, for its part, doesn’t seem inclined to compress law school into a year or two, according to its FAQ page.

“The J.D. degree requires three years of full-time study, and new students begin their studies only in the fall semester of each year. Apart from practicing lawyers, we have no part-time, distance, online, or summer programs,” the prestigious school writes.

DeSantis’ comments on the overlong law school calendar track with a recent history of curious ruminations as he attempts to sell vocational educational initiatives. Just recently, the Governor (also a graduate of Yale University) said it was a “good sign” that college-aged men are not pursuing traditional higher education.

DeSantis, previously addressing the International Boatbuilders Exhibition in Tampa, suggested men aren’t going to college as much as women because they are shunning traditional higher education for trades.

“There was actually an article in The Wall Street Journal recently about, you know, ‘decline in college for men,’ or something,” DeSantis continued, deepening his voice briefly for comic effect to introduce the article highlighting that three in five college students are now women, with men feeling “lost.”

“I guess there was a decline in the number of men, the percentage of men going to college or whatever. And they acted like this was a bad thing. And honestly, like, you know, to me, I think that is probably a good sign,” the Governor added.

“Because I think people are looking at this, and they’re acknowledging, you know, some of these universities are not giving you very much for your money. You’re not necessarily going to get ahead in that.”

DeSantis, who recently spotlighted the top-five ranking for the University of Florida, saved the balance of those remarks for the boatbuilders rather than the reporters on hand for that event earlier this month in Gainesville.

The Wall Street Journal article, published earlier this month, notes that there are 1.5 million fewer college students today than there were five years ago and that men accounted for 71% of the decline at both two-year and four-year schools.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Frankie M.

    October 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I have to concur with Ronnie on this one. Law school was certainly wasted on him or maybe he was just “wasted” during law school.

    • Butch

      October 17, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      If you were half the man that he is. I can tell you aren’t.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    October 16, 2021 at 7:59 am

    What’s “curious” about saying that higher ed isn’t the only way to learn how make a good living?

  • Ron Ogden

    October 16, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Hey, if we can have nurses doing anesthesia we can have paralegals doing torts. Same logic, right?

  • TJC

    October 16, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Expanding vocational offerings in education is a good thing in and of itself, and there is no need to compare vocational education to law school or other higher education pursuits. DeSantis’s motive for the comparison is obvious: he likes to camouflage his Ivy League credentials so that voters see only the anti-elite tough guy they want to see. He has a valid and worthy cause in promoting vocational education. He could set his ambitions aside for once and stick to that message.

  • Tom

    October 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    That is what hex bend saying.
    AG I watched the presentation he made.
    He simply said 3 yrs is not necessary, it could be offered in less years.

    Yes, he’s providing millions to local economic development boards, intermodals, Jun colleges, for jobs trade opportunity. It pays very well.

    Good for him.

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