Sunday, September 30, 2012
Profiles in Foul Porky Pies: Steven Davidoff, “Associate Professor” of Law and Finance at Ohio State University
The Liar Tosses a Bunch of Excrement on the Wall, in the Hopes That Some of it Will Stick:
On September 24, 2012, the New York Times DealBook published an article from Ohio State “law professor” Steven Davidoff, in which the pig defended the costs of “legal education.” The piece was entitled “The Economics of Law School.” The brief entry contains so many logical fallacies, false comparisons and straw men that it cannot be taken seriously. Take a look at the following DELIBERATELY DECEPTIVE excerpts from Davidoff:
“Law schools have come under fire during these tough economic times, with critics saying that they leave too many graduates in debt, chasing too few employment opportunities. But it could be worse. Consider the plight of veterinarians.
The average tuition and expenses for a veterinary degree at a private school has doubled in the last 10 years to over $200,000, well above the typical cost of law school. Yet their pay remains moribund at an average of $66,469 — much less than lawyers.
But unlike law schools, veterinary school is not regularly being called a scam or bubble. In fact, applications to veterinary schools were up about 2 percent last year.
Meanwhile, the number of applicants to law school is down 13.7 percent for this year’s class after a 10 percent drop from 2011, according to the Law Students Admissions Council.” [Emphasis mine]
What in the hell are you smoking, Steven?!?! Do you see veterinary schools pumping out twice as many graduates than the field can absorb?! Later on, Liar Steven Davidoff continued by comparing “law professor” salaries to those of Biglaw partners:
“A second alternative is to pay professors less, or replace them with practitioners who would also be paid less. The average senior law professor who is not at a top-ranked school makes $130,000 to $150,000 according to a survey by the Society of American Law Teachers. It’s a nice salary, but certainly not comparable to what a law firm partner earns.”
Memo to Ass-Goblin Steven Davidoff: Biglaw firm partners can demand large salaries because their firms and associates are handling complex legal matters for big dollar clients. Furthermore, if you want to work in such a firm, YOU would be expected to work FAR MORE than a mere 4-6 hours per week - without regurgitating the same academic drivel for the last ten years. Do you believe that any law firm would pay you big dollars for you to produce lame-ass law review articles?!?!
Other Coverage of Davidoff’s Idiotic Statement:
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, Paul Campos ripped into this pig in his entry entitled “Bad Deal Book.” Look at this stinging indictment:
“Ohio State law school professor Steven Davidoff has written an analysis of the economics of law school for a New York Times' Deal Book "special section" on "the future of Big Law."
Davidoff begins by noting that veterinary schools aren't being called a scam or a bubble even though veterinarians make less than lawyers and pay even more to go to school. I suspect there's a simple explanation for this: people who graduate from veterinary school get to be veterinarians.” [Emphasis mine]
Bam! A nice overhand right to the swine’s snout.
Matt Leichter castrated Pig Davidoff, with his September 25, 2012 LSTB entry “Veterinary School is Safer Than Law School.” Take a look:
“A quick comparison of the OOH entries should tell us why there aren’t any veterinarian school scamblogs.
“Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be particularly good in government and in farm animal care.”
“Employment of lawyers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.” [Emphasis mine]
The Bastard’s Background:
From his faculty bio:
“Professor Davidoff graduated from the Columbia University School of Law where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude. He has a master’s degree in finance from the London Business School.”
Based on his sterling academic credentials, one can determine that this man does not suffer from mental retardation - even if his September 24th DealBook piece indicates otherwise. Then why would he post such foolish nonsense, with regard to the economics of law school? Also, how can a finance dweeb overlook the numbers and projected job growth in each field?!
Conclusion: Steven Davidoff is merely another academic hustler, trying to keep the wool over the applicants’ eyes. Davidoff seeks to use his background from the London Business School as solidify his excrementitious argument. He employs double-speak and false dilemmas to make his “case” that law school graduates are better off than their counterparts in veterinary school. NOTHING could be further from the truth.
Those who earn their DVM will become animal doctors. Veterinary schools do the humane thing and limit the number of seats to match the future need of animal doctors AT THE APPLICATION STAGE. In stark contrast, law school pigs accept and graduate FAR TOO MANY students - meaning that they unnecessarily strap down legions of their graduates with tons of non-dischargeable debt. (Of course, the cockroaches cynically assert that they are opening the doors of the “profession” to historically under-represented groups.) Veterinarians can reasonably expect to practice animal medicine for SEVERAL decades. U.S. “law professors” often attempt to justify the exaggerated costs of “legal education” by claiming that grads can practice law for 40 years. However, they fail to point out that, every year, ABA-accredited law schools produce TENS OF THOUSANDS of grads who never practice law. The dogs also conveniently “forget” to mention that tons of lawyers are out of the “profession” within 5-10 years.
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