Life isn't easy for all you law students, as the Snail well understands. So many lectures to attend, so many essays to compose – despite all the websites which will write them for you so long as you cross their palm with silver – and now that the nasty Government plans to charge even larger amounts of cash for the privilege of a degree, student debts are set to spiral.
But if you think things are bad in this country, imagine how hard-up US students must be by the time they get to the end of their three-year law degree – and remember it's a post-graduate qualification over in the States, folks.
Bearing that in mind, it's no wonder that some students are forced to sell what they can in order to pay off their enormous college debts.
Take the case of Ryan Vescio, the first-year law student at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, who landed a highly coveted slot in a top professor's constitutional law class. With dollar signs flashing in front of his eyes, the enterprising student instantly put his place in the class up for sale on auction website eBay.
Because Vescio had started the auction as a joke to lighten the pre-exam tension around campus, he was startled to receive 19 bids of up to $225 (£143) from fellow students desperate to buy the place, which had originally been allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The law school administration stepped in after the nineteenth bid and told Vescio to withdraw his offer, which the student duly did.
Associate law school dean Pat Jason told reporters: “We were impressed by the entrepreneurial nature of it, but offended that this is making a mockery of what is a serious attempt to create equal opportunities to take classes.”
Vescio added meekly: “We study all these serious, stern topics and everybody, I think, needs to just have a joke now and then.”