Friday, October 19, 2012
LLM Programs are “Popular” Due to Desperation Among Recent Unemployed JDs
Jack CriTTenden’s Rag Spins This as a Positive:
In the October 2012 edition of the NaTTTional Juri$TTT, Owen Praskievicz published an article entitled “Standing Out: Why LL.M.’s Are More Popular Than Ever.” Take a look at the following $elf-$erving quotes, from this publicaTTTion:
“In the past 12 years, LL.M. programs in the United States have more than doubled, bringing the number of students seeking a Master of Law to more than 10,000. There are more than 300 programs in the U.S. today, compared to just 110 in 2000. While a large part of that growth is an increase in international LL.M. offerings, the larger factor is a move toward specialization for domestic J.D. students.” [Emphasis mine]
This reeks of desperation, not a move toward “specialization.” When JDs cannot find legal employment, many of them foolishly decide to enter a foul LLM program – in the vain hope that the “credential” will make them more marketable.
"Employers value and recognize that when they want to hire someone for their tax department, they want someone who has a tax LL.M.," said Michael Friel, director of the graduate tax program at University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law.”
This is coming from the very pig who heads the LLM program at the University of Florida Frederic H. Levin Commode of Law. What do you expect the swine to snort?
In a pathetic fluff/sales piece, here is one telling excerpt:
“I think most of the schools that have started programs after 2000, or have expanded dramatically, have largely been driven by the financial pressure,” said Joel Paul, director of the global LL.M. program at University of California, Hastings College of Law, noting that tightening budgets are especially prevalent at state schools that have lost funding. “A lot of schools use the LL.M. program to subsidize their J.D. program.”
Dean Raymond Nimmer of the University of Houston Law Center agreed, but stressed that not everything is black and white.
“There probably are some law schools that are using LL.M. programs to offset declining J.D. revenue, but we are not one of them,” Nimmer said. “We have intentionally reduced our J.D. class size. It is the new shape of a great law school.”
The dogs and pigs always portray their schools/commodes as innocent participants in this scheme. Of course, they point out that other schools may be using their LLM programs to increase revenue. There is no honor among academic thieves and financial criminals.
Small Sampling of Putrid LLMs:
“Why Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law?
Space industries are a $250 billion/year global market and growing rapidly. The telecommunications industry is a $1.4 trillion/year global market with continued strong growth anticipated. Both industries are global with the United States being the single largest actor. The space and telecommunications industries share an overlapping legal regime to an extent and increasingly share concerns over common problems, including space traffic management and security and risk management of space assets.”
Yes, you can earn an LLM in Space Law from the University of Nebraska! Imagine how many law firms will wet their pants upon seeing your "impressive" resume!
“Food, Farming & Sustainability: The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law
The University of Arkansas School of Law offers the only advanced legal degree program in agricultural & food law in the United States, with a curriculum specializing in the law of food and agriculture.”
A Food Law LLM will certainly lead to gainful employment, in a big-ass firm or agency, right?!?! Who knows? Maybe you will become head of the USDA, with this credenTTTial. At least, the University of Arkansas Sewer of Law has the highest ranked agricultural law LLM in the nation.
Other Coverage on This TTTT Development:
On October 18, 2012, Paul Campos posted an entry labeled “LLM Programs.” Look at the following statement:
“Nevertheless, it appears that, in these days of sharply declining applicants to JD programs, LLM programs are coming to be considered something of a godsend by cash-strapped schools. Here's a bemusing quote from a two-year-old NLJ article:
Administrators point out that per-student costs tend to be lower for advanced law degree programs because the curriculum largely consists of classes already offered to J.D. students - meaning there is little need to hire additional faculty. "Are these programs a cash cow? Yes and no," said Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington professor Carole Silver. "The school gets a year of tuition and the LL.M. students fill in the seats in classes that would otherwise be empty." [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: Anyone with a brain stem – and a basic understanding of the law school cartel – recognizes that the ABA-accredited toilets produce FAR TOO MANY GRADS each year. Now that various “professors” and the mainstream press have picked up on this message, prospective law students have discovered that law school is a terrible financial and career decision. As a result, the trash pits have been forced to reduce their class sizes. The schools are not going to willingly give up tons of federally-backed student loan funds. Since the commodes pump out too many grads – into a shrinking U.S. lawyer job market – MANY desperate JDs are now pursuing another worthless academic “credential.” Of course, the law school pigs are happy to “come to the rescue” of these desperate, unemployed fools - by offering yet another degree. Remember, more "education" is NOT the answer. Quit digging yourself a bigger hole, and pass on this worthless "Master of Laws" program.
Posted by Nando at 6:58 AM