The Law: Streetcar Strategists

In the most prestigious schools of law, portraits of U.S. Supreme Court Justices and Attorneys General adorn the walls. At the grimy University of Detroit law school, the hagiography runs to city and state judges. Housed in a factory-like building, the school has long been one of the nation's many "streetcar law factories," places that cater to ambitious students who lack the money or the grades necessary for legal training elsewhere. For those who use the law as a steppingstone to political careers, U.D. law has been particularly successful: its alumni include 56 judges, eight state legislators, Michigan's Lieutenant Governor...

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