Friday, November 30, 2012

Profiles in Vile Academic Self Interest: Lawrence Mitchell, Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law

The Pig Sticks His Hoof in His Mouth:

On November 28, 2012, the New York Times published an opinion piece from Lawrence Mitchell, dean of second tier sewer Ca$e We$TTern Re$erve Univer$ity Sewer of Law; the commode is currently rated as the 67th greatest, most phenomenal law school in the country, by US “News” & World Report. The op-ed was entitled “Law School is Worth the Money.” Keep in mind that this charlatan is not the one taking out $100K-$130 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE loans, for the mere opportunity to enter the GLUTTED legal “profession.” Take a look at this weak opening:

“I’m a law dean, and I’m proud. And I think it’s time to stop the nonsense. After two years of almost relentless attacks on law schools, a bit of perspective would be nice.

For at least two years, the popular press, bloggers and a few sensationalist law professors have turned American law schools into the new investment banks. We entice bright young students into our academic clutches. Succubus-like, when we’ve taken what we want from them, we return them to the mean and barren streets to fend for themselves.

The hysteria has masked some important realities and created an environment in which some of the brightest potential lawyers are, largely irrationally, forgoing the possibility of a rich, rewarding and, yes, profitable, career.

The starting point is the job market. It’s bad. It’s bad in many industries. “Bad,” in law, means that most students will have trouble finding a first job, especially at law firms. But a little historical perspective will reveal that the law job market has been bad — very bad — before. To take the most recent low before this era, in 1998, 55 percent of law graduates started in law firms. In 2011, that number was 50 percent. A 9 percent decline from a previous low during the worst economic conditions in decades hardly seems catastrophic. And this statistic ignores the other jobs lawyers do.” [Emphasis mine]

I’m sure that many child molesters, drug pushers corporate raiders are also proud of their “work,” Dumbass. Should we use their conviction as “proof” that they are engaged in a good cause?!?! By the way, YOU are making a very nice salary by perpetrating this sick $y$tem. You cannot be objective in this area, tool. It’s comical that this pig wrote an op-ed for the nation’s premier newspaper, which kicked the hell out of the law school industrial complex - via a sharp, informed series by David Segal.

For $ome rea$on, Cockroach Lawrence Mitchell “forgot” to mention some of the jobs that many JDs and lawyers perform: tend bar, stock shelves, run cash registers at electronics stores, sell insurance, wait tables, serve pizza, pour lattes, etc. I wonder why this dean did not mention such outcomes. By the way, citing to the fact that the lawyer job marker has been anemic for over a decade does not help your pathetic “case.” The ball-less weasel is essentially arguing “Who cares if your future is ruined by this decision? The job market was nearly as bad 13 or 14 years ago.”  Later on, Mitchell argues that the growth rate in the attorney field is healthy, since the industry's outlook is about average.

On October 31, 2012, the Washington Post Magazine published an article from Elizabeth Lesly Stevens, under the headline “Will Law Students Have Jobs After They Graduate?”   The following portion shows that Mitchell cannot rely on BLS data to bolster his message:

“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 73,600 new lawyer jobs from 2010 to 2020. But just three years into that decade, about 132,757 new lawyers have hit the job market.” [Emphasis mine]

The Swine’s Background:

“Dean Mitchell is the author of The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed Over Industry (2007) (awarded ForeWord Magazine’s 2007 Gold Medal for the Best Book in Business and Economic and the 2009 “IPPY” Silver Medal for Finance/Investment/Economics), and Corporate Irresponsibility: America’s Newest Export (2001), among other books and publications. Before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve, he was the Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he taught for 20 years and, was founding Chair and Executive Director of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at GW. Professor Mitchell has written extensively on matters of corporate governance, law, finance, financial history, and ethics. A graduate of Williams College and Columbia University Law School, Professor Mitchell practiced corporate law in New York from 1981 to 1987.” [Emphasis mine]

Cockroach Lawrence Mitchell sure knows how to set one up on a tee for his opponents. This ass-clown has published several books on corporate irresponsibility and financial greed, yet the hypocrite cannot see that the law schools are engaging in similar conduct?!?!

Tuition at CWRU Law for 2012-2013: A full-time law student at this private stench pit will be charged $44,500 - for the current school year. This figure does not include associated fees or living expenses into account. What a great bargain, huh?!?!

Average Law Student Indebtedness for Case Western: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the CWRU Law Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $98,900. Fully 90 percent of this toilet’s 2011 class took on such toxic debt. Remember that these figures do not include interest that accrues on the outstanding balance, while the student is enrolled. Apparently, this well-off bastard has no qualms about asking YOU - the applicant and student - to take on such monstrous levels of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for HIS benefit.

Conclusion: Lawrence Mitchell is a prime example of badass author Upton Sinclair’s principle: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” Ask yourself the following question: Would you buy a used car from this salesman? If you would not borrow $5,000 to $15,000 on a loan that you could walk away from, then why in the hell would you take out $100K-$130K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt because of this rodent’s meaningless rhetoric?!?!


  1. The nerve of this leech. The parasite wants more to feed off.

  2. "In 1998, 55 percent of law graduates started in law firms. In 2011, that number was 50 percent."

    Where is he getting these numbers? I have strong doubts that the 2011 number is accurate... I think it's closer to 15%

  3. ^Maybe the liar is referring to employed grads (within 9 mos.) or to those employed in jobs requiring bar passage. Either way, it's dishonest.

  4. 10:26 AM--it's common for solos to call their practice "The Law Firm of _____." It's also not uncommon for 2-3 recent grads to band together and share office space, a fax, etc and call themselves a law firm. I suspect Mitchell's comment included these illusory "firms."

  5. What did you expect him to say, Nando?

    "My profession is a scam and I should die in a Siberian labor camp."

    That's not going to happen until the schools are smoking ruins and the former "leaders" are in court as defendants in the greatest fraud trial in America.

    So he will make all this happytalk until that point.

  6. The guy even looks like a lizard. The suit hides the scales.

  7. Sounds like someone desperate to keep the gravy train rolling.

  8. When is the ABA gonna approve my application for a law school combined with a beauty school? Tuition would only be $30K per year. Beat that.


    1. If there is any justice in this world, a ripped off scammed law school graduate from this pile of filth would go back to the law school and extract some true "justice", if you get my drift.

      It will happen.

      The clock is ticking.

      But please, when you extract justice, make sure to extract justice on those who are worthy, not innocent people.

      P.S., this scammer is NOT innocent.

    2. Jeez-- no, if there is any justice in this world, you can fill out a bankruptcy form and list your student loans in a schedule along with your discover card and your health club dues.

      Let's not get too carried away. My law school ripped me off and I'm pissed, but individually, everyone involved in the process meant well.

  10. Paul Campos wrote a scathing rebuttal to Weasel Lawrence Mitchell's op-ed piece, in Salon on November 29, 2012. His response is labeled "Too many lawyers? Says who?"

    Campos quotes the liar, and then adds his own commentary. Take a look at the following excerpts:

    "The hysteria has masked some important realities and created an environment in which some of the brightest potential lawyers are, largely irrationally, forgoing the possibility of a rich, rewarding and, yes, profitable, career.

    Translation: Getting people to spend $200,000 for a 50/50 shot at a legal job of any kind is getting harder every day."

    Here is a follow-up overhand right to Mitchell's glass jaw:

    "Even so, the focus on first jobs is misplaced. We educate students for a career likely to span 40 to 50 years.

    Translation: We have been careful to collect no longitudinal data on long-term outcomes for our graduates, so let’s assume that data would be good if we actually had it."

    Now Campos backs his opponent into the corner ropes:

    "Moreover, the career for which we educate students, done through the medium of the law, is a career in leadership and creative problem solving.

    In precisely what ways are law faculties qualified to improve the “leadership” abilities and “creative problem solving” skills of law students? Please be specific and give examples. This is an open-book exam subject to the provisions of the Honor Code."

    The rodent is unable to put up a viable defense, and Campos connects with a thunderous left uppercut to Mitchell's beak:

    "Many graduates will find that their legal educations give them the skills to find rich and rewarding lives in business, politics, government, finance, the nonprofit sector, the arts, education and more.

    Translation: If we (again) gather no actual data on the extent to which people with law degrees find long-term career success doing things other than practicing law, and in addition we assume that whatever success we observe anecdotally among non-practicing law graduates can be attributed wholly to the “skills” that law schools supposedly impart to people to do things other than practice law, we start to look pretty good."

    For $ome rea$on, these Ivy League-educated thieves are unable to enunciate a cogent argument as to why a “legal education” is a wise investment. THEY CANNOT PROVIDE ANY HARD DATA, to back up their claims. Instead, the pathological liars simply rely on straw men, meaningless platitudes, and anecdotes about successful, recently-admitted lawyers. But they are supposedly “the best and brightest,” right?!

  11. In other words:

    'Law school is a great investment, because I'm a law dean and I say so. ignore the numbers and facts. If you have to take out a bunch of loans, who cares? You'll probably be a lawyer. If not, you'll be trained to be a leader. And you can be one for 40 or 50 years. I'm a greedy law dean and I approve this message.'

  12. The best part of this douchebag's verbal diarrhea:

    "Last spring we accepted an excellent student with a generous financial-aid package that left her with the need to borrow only $5,000 a year. She told us that she thought it would be “irresponsible” to borrow the money. She didn’t attend any law school."

    I'm sure that was a swift kick to whatever is left of his balls. "5 grand a year for this toilet degree? I'd be better off cleaning windows for a living."

    We're FINALLY getting through to people, and he can't stand it as the gravy train continues to evaporate in front of him. Pretty soon he won't even be able to give away this frozen turd of an "education."

  13. Dean Mitchell's "opinion" in the NYT comes across like the howling of a starving beast. In attempting to defend themselves, law school administrators are only showing the world how truly desperate they are.

  14. If someone doesn't want to take out $15K for a TT law degree, that says something. Anyone who takes out even such a small amount for a TTTT law degree must be delusional or just plain dumb. If you take out $100K+ for a degree from a piece of shit law school, you have to be clinically insane.

  15. "We educate students for a career likely to span 40 to 50 years. The world is guaranteed to change in unpredictable ways, but that reality doesn’t keep us from planning our lives." --Mitchell.

    The world does change in unpredicatable ways, Who is to say that Earth won't be invaded by aliens intent on killing everybody who lacks a law degree from an ABA accredited school?

    But the world also changes in predictable--or, at least, forseeable ways. We KNOW that legal work is increasingly being offshored. We know that corporate clients of big firms are challenging the billable hours model. We know that austerity has vastly diminished opportunities in public sector law. We know that, thanks LegalZoom and other online resources, lots of people won't hire a lawyer for tasks that they would have several years ago. We know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 230,000 new lawyer jobs this decade-- so why are law schools primed to produce 450,000 lawyers?--and we know also that the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate is premised on a 2.2% annual average GDP growth, which is very optimistic compared to the 1.1% growth rate for the decade of 2000-2009.

    So, you know, maybe there will be some sort of miracle that turns a JD into the golden ticket that it was 40 or 50 years ago. But the far more likely scenario is that the present trajectories continue, until a JD makes one an unemployable debt-ridden laughingstock and social pariah.

  16. This man looks basically like a grifter. But I have to ask, does he have a fraudulent look bacause I know that he is running a scam, or does he have that look independent of his profession as a shill and con-artist?

  17. Buy a used car from this man?

    I wouldn't buy a fucking sandwich or bagel off this asshole.

  18. On December 1, 2012, Paul L. Caron posted a TaxProf Blog entry, which detailed the amount of negative feedback directed at Cockroach Lawrence Mitchell, because of his fundamentally dishonest op-ed piece. Caron's article was entitled "Criticism of Case Western Dean's NY Times op-ed, Law School Is Worth the Money." Look at the extent of the list:

    "A number of critics have assailed the New York Times op-ed by Case Western Dean Lawrence Mitchell, Law School Is Worth the Money:

    *Bernard Burk (North Carolina), More On What Matters Most (Or, Paging Dr. Pangloss)
    *Craig Calcaterra, The Shady Economics of Law School
    *Paul Campos (Colorado), Too Many Lawyers? Says Who?
    *Cleveland Plain Dealer, CWRU Law Dean Says Law School Is Bargain, Jobs Are Available; Lots of Other People Disagree
    *Scott Greenfield, Law Porn in the New York Times
    *Law Prof Blawg, Law School Is, Like, TOTALLY Worth It!
    *Keith Lee, Young Lawyer: Are You Really A Failure?
    *Matt Leichter, If Law School Is Worth the Money, Why Subsidize It?
    *Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), Scholarshame
    *Alison Monahan, Law School Deans, You Are the Problem
    *Elie Mystal, Students and Recent Graduates Speak Out About Dean Mitchell’s Defense of Law School
    *Nando, Profiles in Vile Academic Self Interest: Lawrence Mitchell, Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    *Hamilton Nolan, Second-Tier Law School Dean Desperately Assures You That Law School Is Still a Great Buy
    *Nancy Rapoport (Interim Dean, UNLV), Is Dean Lawrence Mitchell Right About Law Schools?
    *Abby Rogers, Outspoken Dean Is Making His Students Sick by Defending Law School"

    Consider the amount of criticism that was leveled at Pig Lawrence Mitchell, for a moment. If a law school dean had penned this nonsense 20, or even ten, years ago, no one would have called him out for being a lying bastard. People are starting to understand that U.S. "legal education" is a scam. Fewer people are taking the LSAT and enrolling in law school. As a result, the dung beetles are running scared. You KNOW that these faux academics/failed attorneys do not want to practice law.

  19. I love these informal "full-body-as-headshot" promotional pictures. This looks more like the photograph of an author on the inside flap of a much-anticipated hardback fiction novel, not the dean of a law school.

    It's totally full of that "hey, we're all equals! Let's dispense with all that formality and old-school mumbo-jumbo and get down to the business of how awesome it is to be a student in law school here! Let's revel in ambiguity together, but hey, don't forget your law school when you start pulling down those million-dollar checks!"

    Let's also dispense with how they pretend to give a damn except for the sweet, sweet Federal loan money, for which they will say ANYTHING to get. 0Ls, run away now, or assume the position for the reaming of your life.

  20. With very few exceptions, anyone that goes to law school these days is a fool.


    On Thursday, November 29, 2012, Craig Calcaterra, a self-described "recovering litigator," blasted his former corporate finance "professor" in the mouth - with a piece labeled "The shady economic of law school." Check out his take on Lawrence Mitchell's op-ed drivel:

    "I realize a dean of a law school has to say such things, but the cold hard reality is that, unlike it was for me and my friends back in the 1990s, law school is no longer a good investment for most people. It's a piss-poor one, actually, and unless you (a) have rich parents or already have the money saved to pay the exorbitant tuition; or (b) have a great chance of getting a well-paying job due to family or personal connections in private practice, law school is a sucker's bet.

    If you choose to go to law school, you will go into outrageous amounts of debt and you will come out facing a job market that no longer hands out jobs with six-figure salaries as if they were samples of Genral Tso's chicken at the food court. It's brutal out there, and new graduates are killing each other for increasingly scarce and increasingly lower-paying jobs, all the while law schools -- which are used by universities as profit centers -- belch thousands of new graduates into the job market each May.", lemmings?!?! This is coming from someone who practiced law for eleven years, and not from an embittered recent grad. Look at this killer closing:

    "So as I sit here this afternoon, I am more than a little dumbfounded. Dumbfounded that the man who taught me everything I know about financial mismanagement, shady accounting and corporate ponzi schemes -- the man who, more than anything else, warned me against anyone who would classify something as an asset when it truly represents a cost -- is in the New York Times advocating that students continue to go into crazy law school debt and defending what has become, in essence, an educational ponzi scheme, all because he believes this thing that is literally bankrupting students is truly an asset.

    But hey, I bet there will be more applications for Case Western as a result."

    Moral of the story, from the perspective of Lawrence Mitchell: Ponzi schemes are okay if they occur in your specific indu$try, and you are personally and professionally benefiting from them. Otherwise, they are social evils that should be stamped out, at all costs.

    As dupednontraditional posted in an earlier comment, these academic thieves and pigs will say ANYTHING to get their hooves and snouts on that sweet federal loan money. They DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about you, the student, applicant, or recent graduate. To them, you are a means to an end, i.e. cushy jobs with big-ass, unjustified salaries and benefits.

    This is a stinging indictment, especially since it comes from one of Cockroach Lawrence Mitchell’s former law students. The fact that he held the academic in high esteem, prior to reading that garbage NYT opinion piece, only adds to the piece’s authenticity. It is beyond pathetic to see supposed “educators” stoop to such lows, in order to keep the gravy train rolling along.

  22. It's great to see these devils on the defensive (especially when said defense consists of nothing but bullshit.)


    On November 30, 2012, Scott Greenfield wrote a response to Pig Mitchell's op-ed in his blog "Simple Justice." His retort was entitled "Law Porn in the New York Times." Read the following portion:

    "[W]hy bother to post here what Campos has already posted? When I stopped by his blog, I found another post, one that reminded me a great deal of this post, that demanded wider airing. It's an email from a young lawyer, and it reflects things I've heard far too often.

    I started law school in 2002 and graduated in 2005. Prior to going to law school I had heard rumblings about how being an attorney was not as profitable as the schools made it out to be. I was also warned by other attorneys that it was very stressful. Unfortunately that information did not sink in and I bought the hype that [average-ranked law school] offered. So I spent three good years of my life working on a degree that I believe should have only taken two.

    Then reality really hit when I entered the job market. It was not good. You could find jobs but for $40,000 to $50,000. At first I thought that it was me, that I had not done the right things, ie kiss up to the right people, done unpaid internships, etc. So I decided to hang up my own shingle. I opened my own office, and tried to make a go of it. It has been an incredibly difficult five years. For many of those years I would blame myself for not doing better; I began to believe that there was huge mistake that I was making or I had made that had alienated clients, or that I wasn't advertising properly, or any number of things that could be attributed to an office that produced income, but not that much. I worked long hours by myself trying to satisfy clients that could not be satisfied. I panicked at little mistakes, and thought the worst case scenarios for every misstep. It was a miserable existence and it put me in a depressive state with bouts of anxiety that were difficult to control.

    For us old guys, like me and Mitchell, we're debating the virtues of a profession. For the writer of this email to Campos, it's his life. Mitchell waxes vague. The writer lies awake in his bed at night wondering how he will feed his children in the morning. I'm damn angry about this.

    It's not that making the decision to go to law school, to become a lawyer, has no virtue. It is, or at least used to be and can be once again, a worthwhile and important profession. It's that the marketeering, the law porn, reflected in Mitchell's empty prose is designed to do one thing, and one thing only: obscure the downside and deceive the unduly optimistic."

    Scott Greenfield is an experienced criminal defense lawyer. For the brainless, ball-less, spineless lemmings and shills out there: one does not need to be a recent JD to be disgusted with the exploitation of current college grads and law students. Later on, the author continued:

    "Yet the email to Campos reflects the brutal reality. The writer concedes the depression his choice brought him, and later in the email, admits to thoughts of doing harm to himself. Would it bother you greatly, Dean Mitchell, is you found out some kid read your op-ed, became a lawyer, and took his life? Or would that just be collateral damage to the more important cause of filling your law schools empty seats?

    It's time to make it plain. Cut the crap. These are real people's lives you're screwing with."

    Hell, the pigs would not lose one wink of sleep if dozens or hundreds of debt-strapped JDs took their own lives - so long as they took out loans for the entire three years that they were in law school. Plus, the "professors" and deans would prefer if such victims did not mention their student loans as a contributing factor in their last act, via any suicide notes. Remember, we are dealing with academic sociopaths.

  24. Why do these guys always look like aliens? In this case, a Talosian.

  25. Damn! Thank you! I couldn't quite place what I was thinking about his alien-sized cranium..

    Nailed it.

  26. I feel pity for most of you. To have such low standards to use the words, “nailing it” to describe a piece that merely dissects the writing of another author (for the writer of this blog, I use the term “author” very, very loosely) I am especially moved by the amount of obscenity and colorful adjectives used to describe someone who is merely DOING HIS JOB. Should I ever need legal counsel, I am confident that I will not be obtaining any services from anyone appearing in this blog. I smell “sour grapes” and envy. Student loans are a problem for almost every potential career path. Education is truly an investment. This misguided idea that there will be instant monetary gratification after graduation is both silly and childish (this is the case for most vocations at this time). Most grad schools are expensive. Grow up. It is not the fault of a dean if you chose something you simply are not cut out for… I will point out that I applaud your choice of font color. Yellow is truly fitting when describing your crude and shortsighted commentary.

  27. To the mental midget above, who posted at 9:20 am:

    No one is arguing that a law degree SHOULD lead to instant large salaries, bitch. You should develop some basic reading comprehension skills BEFORE commenting on this topic, idiot. (Although, you conveniently omitted the fact that MANY law schools and "professors" make that exact economic argument, in order to entice prospective law students.)

    The swine want it both ways. During orientation, you will hear variations of the following - from deans and faculty: "You will enter a field that is financially rewarding." Yet when legions cannot find attorney jobs - due to the GLUT of U.S. lawyers, moron - the pigs change their tune, i.e. "It's your fault, for not doing better or going to a highly-ranked school. You didn't try hard enough."

    You truly do not understand much, if you feel that yellow indicates anything other than a font color. If you want to use that shade as a metaphor, remember this: it does not take any balls or backbone to defend the law school pigs. If you want to ingratiate yourself to those bastards, then do so on another forum, eunuch. You are dismissed, you piece of garbage.


    How is life in Moline, Illinois, sensitive pussy? Why are you so butt-hurt over an article directed at an academic charlatan - someone who is actively telling others to go to law school, even though the U.S. attorney job market is SHRINKING?!?!

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    In the end, you are beyond pathetic. You take more offense at someone using clear, descriptive language - when calling out the perpetrators of a scam - than you are at the very people who are ruining the futures of LEGIONS of young people. What in the hell is wrong with you?! Were you born without a brain stem?

  29. My email to dean Mitchell,
    I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude.

    Having read your piece, it is only now that I fully understand, semantically, the real significance of the word "chutzpah". Mr. Mitchell, to be a law dean and to claim, with a straight face, to derive pride therefrom, and to say, without blinking, that "law school is worth the money", is a rare exploit.

    Now, that really takes cojones. All four of them.

    As far as public relations skills are concerned, Josef Goebbels will henceforth pale in comparison. As to gallows' humor, you now beat, by far, Jonathan Swift's "Modest proposal".

    Incidentally, as a "fund raiser", your credentials are impeccable. And what
    prospective student could resist the cute, nay, cherubic smile you are displaying on your pictures shown on your school's site, especially the one adorning your "Welcome to the class of 2014"?

    To paraphrase that address, it would be unfair to call your article a "breeding ground of platitudes". The reader is not left "bored and unfulfilled". Rest assured that your prose belongs in an anthology (I am not
    sure which one yet).

    One humble suggestion: you should create and teach an LL.M. program covering
    "the law of second-hand car dealerships".

    Keep up the good work, and word, and, who knows? you might one day aspire to
    the presidency of Walden College.

    I do remain, with admiration.

    François Brunet


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