Thursday, September 15, 2011
Open Letter to the JD Class of 2014: Look What You Can Do With a Law Degree!
What the Law Schools State - in the Beginning
During orientation, academic blowhards and ”law professors” invariably defecated the following verbal waste product: “One can do anything with a law degree. Even if you don’t practice law, you can use your education in business, academia or government.” And of course, you were fed this line: “You should think of yourselves as lawyers, from this day forward. You are now getting ready to enter the noble profession.” (It’s so “honorable“ and “noble” that your “professors” decided to run to the safe confines of academia, after practicing law for 1-3 years, right?!?!)
“Perhaps there's no more illustrative story of the new lay of the legal land than one reported by msnbc.com. As part of an ongoing series on America's economic malaise, the news site has solicited participation from readers about in challenging experiences in trying to make ends meet. One woman who recently wrote in was named "Carla." Carla is a lawyer, with nearly a decade of legal experience under belt. But Carla no longer wishes to give her contact information and real name to her newest clients.
Having yet to even pay off all her law school debt, Carla was laid off in 2009.
"Did I ever think I'd be taking my top off for rent money? No. I was in my mid-30s and had never danced before," Carla told msnbc.com, who asked the website to use her stage name and withhold her identity. "As a little girl, I never thought to myself, 'I just want to grow up and be a stripper,' or, 'All I ever wanted to do in life is climb in the lap of sweaty stranger and take my top off.'" [Emphasis mine]
With ever-skyrocketing tuition, you too can take off your clothes, and dance on tables. Make sure to stay in shape, so that you can walk around in 5" heels. This first appeared online, on September 13, 2011.
“But for 27-year-old Mike Kremen, a law degree landed him a job as an assistant manager at Radio Shack.
Kremen graduated from Pace Law School about two years ago – right when the recession was picking up and the legal industry started to hemorrhage jobs. He’s still waiting for his first full-time legal job offer. He says he might be the only employee in the history of this White Plains Radio Shack who’s passed both the New York and Connecticut bar exams.”
See how well law school paid off for this guy?!?! He was licensed in New York and Connecticut, and ended up making $7.65 at Radio Shack!! This piece was published, on April 8, 2010.
This feature was posted on August 31, 2010. This 26-year-old lawyer served coffee, after graduating from law school. Shannon Hodder graduated from Georgia State University – in the top half of her class. At the time of this video, she owed $60K in student loans, and had sent out more than one hundred resumes – resulting in one interview and no callbacks. As a licensed attorney, she also took part-time jobs and unpaid internships. She lived with her fiancé at her grandmother’s house. She was also making $12 an hour as a law clerk at 15 hours a week.
Employment Statistics and Playing the Game
Law schools are permitted to count those working at Kmart or Lowe’s as “employed.” However, one does not need a law degree, to work in retail. According to NALP, the JD Class of 2010 had 44,258 members. However, only 28,167 jobs required bar passage. (Not all of these were traditional attorney positions.) This means that only 63.64 percent of this class ended up finding employment in which a law license was required. Furthermore, only 25,654 of these positions are full-time.
“As Duke Law News reported, Duke worked hard to ensure its graduates had jobs. While it didn’t go the SMU route of paying employers to “test drive” its graduates, it does now provide stipends to some of its unemployed graduates to allow them to work for a couple months at no cost to employers. Using SMU’s car metaphor, the law school pays for the gas while Dukies and prospective employers take a little spin. Duke calls it “The Bridge to Practice” program.
It started in 2008 — employing the nine graduates who would have otherwise ruined that nice round 100%. The numbers of participants have increased since then, as the economy has worsened.” [Emphasis mine]
The eleventh-ranked law school in the land is resorting to these measures. How will you fare, if you are at a third tier commode or fourth tier pile of trash?!?! This article was published on June 10, 2010.
Conclusion: Law schools continue to pump out FAR TOO MANY graduates - for the available number of attorney and law-related openings. Keep in mind that student loan debt, in this country, is NON-DISCHARGEABLE. ABA-approved schools manipulate their employment data, for the purpose of attracting more applicants and students. The pigs then claim that a law degree is highly versatile; this is an absolute lie.
As you can see from the sources above, this job market is GROSSLY OVERSATURATED. This situation has been exacerbated by advances in software and technology. In the end, lawyers are “information workers.” Such jobs are easily outsourced. Furthermore, ABA “Ethics” Opinion 08-451 allows U.S. law firms to hire foreign lawyers and non-attorneys, for American legal discovery. In the final analysis, the ABA and the law schools DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about you or your future. Once, you are out of school, you are no longer their problem. If you cannot find a legal job, these cockroaches will then chirp, “Well, YOU didn’t try hard enough. We provided you with an education, and never promised you a job.”
Posted by Nando at 8:16 AM