Brian Tamanaha, law professor at Washington University of St. Louis is back, with another scathing critique of the law school industry.
“While legal employment has fallen dramatically since 2007 (with a further decline in 2010), law schools, after remaining flat in 2008, increased by 5% the number of students admitted (and enrolled) in 2009. This increase was greater than the percentage increase in applications to law school.
Law schools thus responded to the worst recession in the legal market in at least two decades by letting in more law students.” [Emphasis mine]
When you go to LSAC’s website, you can see that there were 86,600 applicants to ABA law schools in 2009, which was an increase of 3.9% from the prior year. However, the number of admitted students increased by 5.1% in that time.
The law schools are FULLY AWARE of the shrinking job market for JDs.
"In these economically challenged times our past experience has turned out to be a poor guide," incoming Dean Patricia White said in an e-mail that was sent to incoming students on June 30 and picked up by the legal blog Above the Law. "An unprecedented percentage of applicants admitted to the University Of Miami Law School have accepted our offer. This will give us a larger than optimal first-year class."
The dean at the Univer$iTTy of Miami School of Law sent out an email to the entire incoming 2009 class, offering $5000 scholarships to those who deferred enrollment for one year. What’s that you say, troll? This law school is only ranked 60th by US News & World Report? Okay, let’s take a look at how well the top law schools are doing - in this shrinking legal market.
"Harvard advises students to have a Plan B for their job search, according to Weber.
“If you are looking in D.C., consider Baltimore or Richmond,” he said. “If you’re looking in Chicago, try Milwaukee and St. Louis, too. You need to be casting a wider net in this market.”
Fourth-ranked Columbia Law informs its students that they should attend the undergrad job fair. Yes, that is uplifting, promising news, isn’t it? Wait, maybe it’s the students’ fault for not getting into a higher-ranked school, right?!
Wow! Ninth-rated Michigan Law students can now find exciting new job opportunities as doc review monkeys in India! Yay!!
Here is a look at 11th-ranked Duke’s Bridge to Practice Program.
Even Slate is onto the law school cartel.
In the final analysis, law school is a terrible gamble at this point in time. In this digital age, so many of our jobs can be outsourced.
This is further proof that the ABA and the law schools are aware of the situation but do not give a damn about the legions of JDs who will become debt slaves – with little to no chance of re-paying their student loans.