The stress of looming exams at George Mason University School of Law lifted for a couple of hours Thursday, thanks to the arrival of 15 homeless and adoptable puppies with velvety ears, soul-searching eyes and names like Doughboy, Sugar and Sue.
“Especially this time of the year, law school seems to ruin your life,” said Allison Tisdale, 24, a third-year from Texas who didn’t go home for Thanksgiving because she had to study. Holding a squirming puppy, she said, “you get to be human again.”
After the Yale Law Library added a “therapy dog” named Monty to its collection in the spring, a number of other law schools have used the gentle yapping of puppies to break the stifling pressure that blankets their campuses.
I hope these students don't expect the senior partners at their BigLaw jobs to breing in puppies to take the edge off 16-hour workdays.
On a more serious note, it's sort of odd how law schools treat their students these days. Schools coddle their students on little crap like this, but screw them on the big stuff like tuition hikes or disclosure of job placement data. (UCLA excepted, of course.) If I were the benevolent despot of American legal education, there'd be a lot less coddling and a lot more transparency.