Monday, May 7, 2012
Open Letter to the Graduating JD Class of 2012
This weekend, roughly 45,000 men and women will receive their JD. Many of them will wear a stupid-ass cap and gown, at the commencement ceremony. But these dresses feature ugly purple stripes on the arms and chest, plus a hideous purple hood! As if graduating without decent job prospects wasn’t bad enough.
Last year, an “educator” named Sara Stadler, daughter of former U.S. Solicitor General James Lee Rankin, told the 2011 graduating law class at Emory University to “Get over it!” The pig also lectured Emory students on not being greedy. Yes, a “law professor” - i.e. well-paid swine who produces less work than a typical housecat - had the nerve to go after young people who went into deep debt in order to help pay her salary. It will be interesting to see if any law school cockroaches do so at a commencement, this weekend.
The Job Market
As you can see from this NALP report, for the Class of 2010, there were 44,258 law grads competing for 28,167 jobs, where bar passage was required. Not all of those positions were for traditional attorney openings. Head to the bottom of page 2, and look at the figures under Job Characteristics by Employer Type. Fully 26.9% of all jobs reported were short-term and part-time jobs comprised 10.9 percent of the total. What a healthy job market, huh?!
On April 17, 2012, Paul Campos reported on the ABA Section on “Legal Education” publishing its placement summary data. The piece was entitled “ABA releases employment data for the Class of 2010.” Here is a telling excerpt:
“You can look up schools individually, or download the whole report in the form of a spreadsheet. Probably the most interesting new piece of information made available by the report is data on how many 2010 graduates were in law-school funded jobs nine months after graduation, and were counted as "employed" for the purposes of schools' nine-month employment rates. Such positions made up 4.81% of all jobs law schools reported their graduates held nine months after graduation, and not counting them for employment purposes drops the overall nine month employment rate for 2010 grads from 84.5% to 80.4% (Based on what I've seen I expect the number of 2011 graduates in these positions to be quite a bit higher. For example Cornell, which has released its class of 2011 numbers, went from having 6 to 26 graduates in such positions nine months after graduation).
Note that this data does not represent how many otherwise unemployed graduates are being put in law school-funded positions: it only represents how many are in such positions nine months after graduation. The most striking illustration of this distinction is provided by the University of Michigan, which is listed as having seven 2010 graduates in law-school funded positions in February 2011, but which on its web site states that 61 graduates took such positions at some point after graduation.” [Emphasis mine]
Scroll down on the entry, and you will see a lengthy list of law schools that have each placed at least ten graduates in school-funded positions. Look at some of the institutions on that directory. Again, keep in mind that the figures below pertain to the JD Class of 2010. (Do you honestly think that the job market has improved since that time?!)
For instance, 14th-ranked Georgetown University Law Cesspool hired 18 students, but only three in long-term positions. Fordham Law School, the 29th-best commode in the U.S., put 73 students on the payroll. However, a mere three grads are beyond short term. Furthermore, 22nd-rated Notre Dame Law School placed 25 grads in school-funded positions; only two of these hires were continual employment. University of Virginia Law School hired 40 students, and only one, single, solitary JD was hired for long-term work. This is from the supposed SEVENTH-RANKED law school, in the nation!
Conclusion: In the last analysis, on some level, you were tricked by the lies of the law school industry cockroaches. They are paid up front, in full. You will be the one left holding the big-ass bag of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. The schools DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about your outcome. At least, fewer people are applying to law school. In fact, those with higher LSAT scores are more likely to eschew the three year program. However, this is too late for you. By the way, if you report to your school that you are delivering pizzas, tending bar or selling insurance - within nine months of graduation - the rats will list you as “employed” for the purpose of their placement rates. Because a law degree is required for those types of jobs, right?!?! Keep that in mind when you decide whether to respond to your toilet’s graduate survey, before the February 2013 deadline.
Posted by Nando at 6:36 AM