Video warns of “the dangers of law school”

Students poke fun at their future profession

A new YouTube video made by students at the University of Calgary warns teenagers about the “the dangers of law school.” It has reached 16,000 views since it was uploaded on Feb. 26.

“Dear 16-year-old me,” it starts, “I must warn you about law school. It’s where insecure over-achievers go to do stuff with their bachelor of arts.”

The students then poke fun at the profession’s moral dilemmas. “Your experience in law school will start with the promise of helping the community, doing what’s right,” says one student. “Then you’ll realize you’re destined to make rich companies richer by facilitating the purchase of other rich companies,” says another.

Jon Ng, the third-year law student who wrote the script, told The Huffington Post that the video is a parody of the “Dear 16-year-old Me” video produced by the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund.

It’s all in good fun. ”Don’t get me wrong,” Ng told Huffington Post, “I’m incredibly proud of being a law student, but if a friend told me they wanted to go to law school, I’d sit them down for a long chat.”




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Video warns of “the dangers of law school”

  1. Your article glosses over the fact that the video is a direct parody of a video produced by the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund (http://dcmf.ca/) designed to raise awareness of Melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer. While I have no affiliation with the fund, I was compelled to make a donation to help them continue raising awareness of Melanoma, especially given the amazing job they did on that video.

    Whereas I was deeply moved when I first saw the DCMF video (because I had a recent brush with Melanoma myself , and was rather fortunate to find my melanoma very early), I was outraged and saddened when I saw the parody. It is extremely insensitive, whether deliberate or not (and I can only imagine it was not meant to offend). At one point in the parody, a woman is crying over something about law school, and in the next scene a little boy holds up a picture of his daddy who is hasn’t seen in 3 years because of law school. In the original, the woman is crying because her husband died (and before that suffered immensely) from Melanoma; and the little boy hasn’t seen his dad in years, because he’s dead.

    I really do totally believe in free speech, and have a sense of humour (despite being paranoid about every single mole and blemish since last September). In this case, I think human decency should have won out, plain and simple. And while I am glad the video was replaced with an alternate version with certain scenes removed, I really do wish it would just come down from youtube altogether. I was rattled to the core by this video, and I hardly had a taste of what sufferers of invasive melanoma and their friends and family have had to endure. Imagine how they must feel.

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