Monday, January 30, 2012
Profiles in Blatant $elf Intere$t: Law School Industry Shill Shawn P. O’Connor, “President” of Stratus Prep
O’Connor Feels That Unemployed Lawyers Can Go Into Journalism or the Arts:
Shawn P. O’Connor authored a pile of filth, for US “News” & World Report blog “Law Admissions Lowdown,” under the headline “5 Unique Career Paths for Law School Grads.” This garbage appeared on January 23, 2012:
“After graduating from law school, you may think that practicing law is your only career option. However, some of today's law school grads, by choice or temporarily by necessity given the recovering legal market, are securing incredibly diverse careers outside of the law. The unique paths taken by these graduates reinforce the versatility of a law degree, which brings with it a plethora of marketable skills.
Should you attend law school and decide at some point in your career that you want to do more than simply practice law, you may enjoy numerous opportunities across a wide variety of industries.” [Emphasis mine]
This ass-clown lists the following five alternate careers, for those JDs and lawyers who cannot find legal employment: journalism, real estate, nonprofit management, entrepreneurship, and the arts. Guess what, moron? One typically is not required to earn/purchase a Bachelor’s degree in order to become a realtor, business owner or artist. Journalism is another glutted market. Ask the legions freelance writers who are scraping by on intermittent work, bitch. Lastly, why spend seven years in a classroom – and incur SUBSTANTIAL amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – to work for a nonprofit?!?! How many people simply walk into a management position, upon graduation, with those agencies or organizations? Here is one excerpt from his idiotic article:
“Journalism: Countless well-known reporters, broadcast journalists, and TV personalities studied law as a precursor to a career in journalism. Geraldo Rivera, host of Geraldo at Large on FOX News Channel, graduated from Brooklyn Law School. Jeff Greenfield, former CBS News senior political correspondent, went to Yale Law School. Cynthia McFadden, coanchor of ABC News's Nightline and Primetime, graduated from Columbia Law School. Finally, Star Jones, former host of The View and contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, obtained her juris doctor from the University of Houston Law Center.
What has allowed these individuals to make the jump from law to media? In law school, you learn to synthesize ideas, communicate clearly, and quickly get to the heart of an issue—all skills that are critical in journalism.”
Charisma, charm and connections account for their success, far more than a damn law degree. Plus, the public enjoys controversy and sensationalism. See Crooklyn Law alum Geraldo Rivera’s broken nose incident, from his TV trash talk show Geraldo. For $ome rea$on, Shawn forgot to mention that Jerry Springer earned a law degree from Northwestern University.
O’Connor’s Background and Financial Interest in the Subject:
“Shawn P. O’Connor, Esq. is the founder and CEO of Stratus Prep, a New York City-based test preparation and admissions counseling firm. For nearly a decade, he has counseled thousands of law school applicants, many of whom have been admitted to the nation’s top law schools including Yale, Harvard, and Stanford. O’Connor is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and is an attorney admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts.”
As you can see from the US “News” blog piece, Shawn is “president” and founder of Stratus Prep. According to the company’s website, Stratus Prep is in test preparation and admissions counseling industry, for business, law and graduate school applicants.
Currently, you can enroll in an LSAT course for only $1599. You also have the option of LSAT tutoring, at the hourly rate of $180. Plus, there is an LSAT tutoring 30 hour package offered at merely $4,320.
Hourly law schools admissions counseling will run you $250. However, the admissions counseling package will cost $3,250.
“Law School Bootcamp covers everything you need to know to succeed in your first year of law school, the most important year to ace your classes.”
This product can be purchased for a mere $1,799! With such a personal financial stake in the matter, we can see why O'Connor wants to describe a JD as “versatile.”
Reality Versus O’Connor’s “Argument”:
According to NALP’s Class of 2010 National Summary Report, a total of 44,258 graduates competed for 28,167 jobs requiring bar passage. Keep in mind that not all of those slots were traditional attorney openings. Basically, ABA-accredited diploma mills produced more than 1.57 graduates, for each available lawyer - or law-related - position. How ethical, huh?!?!
On June 27, 2011, the Economix blog of the New York Times featured an article entitled “The Lawyer Surplus, State by State.” The figures were calculated by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., which focuses on employment data and economics. Based on their research, every state except Wisconsin and Nebraska is producing too many lawyers. Perhaps EMSI should determine how many lawyer-journalists each state needs.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, this “man” doesn’t care about the typical student's law school outcome. He simply wants more people to register with LSAC, apply to law schools, and enroll in his prep programs. At the prices listed above, you can see why he wants prospective law students to believe that a law degree is versatile. Shawn P. O’Connor simply wants to instill confidence in others – without regard to the prevailing job market. What a beacon of integrity, right?!?!
Posted by Nando at 5:25 AM