Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  33 responses

Ben Wallace Still Wants to Become a Lawyer

Last year, Ben Wallace revealed a desire to become a defense attorney, and with his playing days nearing their end, Wallace’s pursuit of a law degree has intensified. From the Detroit News: “Wallace not only wants to represent clients, he wants to tell them his long-shot story and make them realize their lives are not over despite youthful mistakes. Wallace is doing plenty of research now into law schools. The thought has been brewing for years, and he even spoke to former Pistons coach John Kuester about it three years ago when Wallace played in Cleveland. ‘It would not surprise me at all to see him practicing law,’ teammate Tayshaun Prince said. ‘Not at all.’ Prince has heard Big Ben go to work with convincing presentations. His most famous speech came in the 2003 playoffs, when the Pistons trailed the Orlando Magic, 3-1, in the first round. ‘He is very convincing,’ Prince said with a smile. Wallace’s message was clear. The Pistons won the series. ‘You get up in front of your peers and tell them how you feel,’ Wallace said. ‘You talk to them. You relate to them and you try to persuade them to the way you think.’ Kuester said Wallace has the discipline necessary to finish his law degree. ‘When a person says something like that and you only hear it once, you’re like, ‘OK,’ Kuester said. ‘But he has been consistent that he wants to do this. The commitment you have to have to become a lawyer is great. You have to be disciplined to go to school and Ben has that discipline. He will do whatever it takes.’ Wallace knows he will hear snickers when folks find out he wants to be a lawyer. People won’t believe the big man with the shrinking Afro can make the transition from the basketball court to the court of law. Nobody believed Wallace would make it in the NBA as a raw player out of Virginia Union, either.”

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I see a Pursuit of Happiness movie coming. This movie will be called Against All Odds. BOOK IT!!

  • Ryan D.

    Simply awesome. Get after it Ben!

  • Fat Lever

    If Matthew McConaughey is the Lincoln Lawyer, does this make Ben the Afro’d Attorney? Womp, womp, womp…

  • mouba

    he’ll go down as one of the top 5 deffensive players of all time he’s 6’9 and used to beast on D his passion and heart while he plays the game is amazing, go for it BIGBEN.

  • LP

    uh TOP 5 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS???? ok…jordan, rodman, bill russell, payton, pippen, lambeer, mutombo, SHAQ (if you wanna be technical), wilt, havilicek, kareem…Garnett maybe… I don’t think Ben Wallace is TOP 5… obviously, Lebron will be added to this list when he wins a championship in 2016…

  • iLLwiLL

    That’d be quite the showdown in the court room.

  • kiwi

    @LL, true also add Hakeem the dream and stockton who was always tops in steals yet never mentioned

  • T-Money

    Why is it so far-fetched that he could become a lawyer? Dude has a degree in criminology.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    I’m puttin the big B Dub on my case!!!! and watch him bark down the plaintiff real proper like haha and shouts out to Virginia Union…they were the first school to give me an acceptance letter lol


    @lp jordan wasn’t that great of a defender and lebrons defense is overrated

  • Clay

    I’m sorry, but I can’t relate a speech in a locker room to what has to be done in a court room. He’s still far from getting the degree, but I hope he gets it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @LP – Shaq a great defender? Really?
    @KING – Jordan wasn’t that great a defender? Really?

  • http://offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ toronto

    lol @ Ben Wallace thinking persuading teammates for a playoff game translates to success in the field of law. As someone who studies law, I doubt Wallace get get very far (realistically).

  • toronto

    @T-Money – A degree in criminology and a law school degree are completely different. They have no relation to one another. IF he gets into a law school, whatever his past major is doesn’t matter. You need to have REALLY, REALLY strong writing skills to survive in law school, which I don’t think Ben Wallace has based on the way he speaks and the fact that he majored in criminology.

  • MikeC.

    I have a degree in Pre-Law and it’s pretty much useless when applying for law school. Criminology is worth less since it’s part of the Sociology field. A criminology degree might be worth more if he were to go into working with troubled youth or other social work fields. Either way, if he gets in, then good for him. With all the former athletes going broke, it would be nice to see someone having sustained success of the court.

  • toronto

    @MikeC – Yeah, that’s what I was getting at as well. Most of the people I know who graduated from Criminology are doing things completely unrelated to thier field. Its not that easy getting into law school, especially in the States where the market is extremely saturated. But before any of that, let’s see how he does on the LSATs and we can go from there.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s not that hard to get into law school.
    It’s hard to get into a top tier, or top 50 law school.
    there are tons of law schools all over this country, and if you can pay tuition, you can attend with no problem.
    He doesn’t even have to score high on his LSATs to get in to certain schools. People forget that once you have a law degree, you’re all on equal footing. It’s only if you want to work for a big law firm that you need a fancy degree from a certain school. If you’re not looking for that guaranteed paycheck, then it’s not that important. Just getting the degree and passing the bar is the goal.

  • LP

    lol @ Jordan not a great defender….lol…i said Jordan, not Kobe…
    @ENIGMATIC Shaq was pretty good defender before he went to LA. but take him off the defender list for now, since its controversial

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    If he can win the players side in the new CBA, Im all for it.

  • T-Money

    @ toronto – i’m a lawyer, and a fairly successful one. you don’t need strong writing skills to “survive” in law school, you only have to be disciplined and organized. lawyers try really hard to maintain that aura about law school but it’s not med school or applied math. i was merely saying that someone with a criminology degree must at least be familiar with criminal law. also, on what ground are you saying that ben wallance won’t get very far? i’m REALLY curious to hear you on that.

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  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I find it respectable that some guys want to continue to work after their playing days are over.. If I was an NBA player with millions upon millions of dollars, I’d probably just want to spend my retirement seeing the world, and spending money..

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    @BossTerry: It’s not even about the money; you need something to do. In the NBA, your life is consumed by basketball and related activities. If you’re not playing, you’re sleeping or doing some brainless time sucker to play basketball again. Charles Barkley said that “You can only play so much golf.” So guys start coaching, do broadcasting, anything to consume 40-50 hours a week.

  • BWill

    of course he wants to be a DEFENSE attorney… I’d hire him.

  • MikeC.

    @BWill – after a judge/jury delivers a not guilty verdict, do you think there will be the gong sound and 50 foot flames in the court room?

  • MikeC.

    @T-Money – what kind of GPA do you need to get into a mid-tier law school? It’s pretty tough in Canada since we don’t have as many schools to apply to. I got on the wait list at York University law, but didn’t make the cut. I worked as an assistant filing paperwork and settling estates for a bit then decided law wasn’t in the cards and went into sales. I’m thinking of a career change and I loved my pre-law classes. If I can afford American tuition, I might take a swing at Environmental law. Canadian farmers get screwed and need somebody to stand up for them.

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  • MikeC.

    ^screw your mother in her face

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @toronto – c’mon, dude. In the context of this conversation (an NBA player getting a degree in law) criminology and law have A LOT in common.

  • Patzilla

    I am currently in law school and my undergrad was a double in Accounting and Finance. Your undergrad degree does not have much to do with law school, unless you are focusing on a specific area. It’s not so much about your ability to write, as much as it is your ability to simply digest the mass amounts of information you take in. I wish Big Ben the best of luck, because it is a long and tedious path to finish.

  • hushabomb

    At least Ben has goals. Which 90% of players don’t after their careers. Don’t hate on him. Like Lilkdub said, players need something to do after their careers. And especially with the lockout now, you need something to fall back on. Even the kids leaving school early now might have to go back to school whilst the lockout is in place
    Regardless, good on ya Ben and I hope you get it

  • Sohail

    Man anyone who is hating on this man becoming a lawyer is a fool. People told him he wouldn’t be in the NBA, undrafted doing his thing now. Everyone needs to speak for themselves & wish him the best.

  • http://hotmail fan

    Agree. He had people telling him he could not play in the NBA and he did. Also, unlike other athletes his focus has always been on his job and family. He’ll make it. Go Ben.