Sunday, December 9, 2012
Profiles in Pitiful “Logic”: Luke Bierman, “Law Professor” at Northeastern University
Another Rodent Posts an Opinion Piece - Without Bothering to Rely on Any Facts:
On December 5, 2012, Dumbass wrote a Huffington Post article labeled “Deconstructing the Law School Deconstructionists.” Take a look at the bastard’s condescending tone:
“Jobless graduates are a grave concern to legal educators, and their heightened numbers warrant serious attention. Unfortunately, the consideration being paid is more often superficial than serious. Especially when American law schools make such a ready stock villain - painted, as they often are, as greedy institutions thoughtless about their students' futures, wed to the Socratic Method of teaching devised in the late 19th century, and generally out of touch with the needs of the modern legal profession.
It makes for great copy. I pity those who buy into it, however, for at least two reasons. First, the journalistic zeal to tell a juicy story about the prospects of legal graduates has too often crossed the line into inaccurate fear mongering. Take a recent news article that quoted an estimate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics claiming that only 74,000 new lawyer jobs would open from 2010-20. The reporter did not let the fact that 75,000 new law graduates have already found work since 2010 lead her to the obvious conclusion that the BLS's numbers were wrong. Instead, the reporter suggested another interpretation: that not a single new legal job would be created for the next seven years. And that's simply preposterous.
The second shame behind popular coverage of this issue is that it entirely ignores an important part of the story: the response of forward-thinking law schools. Rarely if ever do the critiques acknowledge what many creative and thoughtful legal educators, students, lawyers, and clients know - transformative change in legal education is underway.”
Luke, have you heard of legal process outsourcing, ABA “Ethics” Opinion 08-451, automation, or predictive coding?!?! What makes you believe that U.S. law firms are going to return to hiring higher-wage, American lawyers when the economy improves?! The reality of the situation is this: it does not matter if some law schools are providing their students with more clinics and pro bono/public service internships, if the overall U.S. lawyer job market is contracting. Legions of these students will never practice law - due to the glut of attorneys in this nation. Plus, notice how this dishonest snake conflated legal jobs with overall employment.
Further Deconstructing the Pig’s Weak Analysis:
Paul Campos posted an entry, on February 17, 2012, under the title “The message.” Read this excerpt:
“Contrary to the disturbing things you may have read in the New York Times, legal education is actually changing in all sorts of wonderful ways, which are making our students far more practice-ready upon graduation.
There aren't enough jobs.
Contrary to the disturbing things etc., legal scholarship has entered a golden age, and is producing all sorts of wonderful insights regarding how to make The Best Legal System in the World even better.
There aren't enough jobs.” [Emphasis in original, but not in bold]
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, via the Occupational Outlook Handbook entry for Lawyers:
“Job Outlook 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]
For $ome rea$on, Cockroach Luke Bierman “forgot” to mention this segment.
The Rat’s Background:
The following excerpts are from Bierman’s school bio:
“Professor Bierman oversees the School of Law’s innovative curriculum, including the Cooperative Legal Education Program, clinics and Legal Skills in Social Context, ensuring students are comprehensively prepared for careers as attorneys meeting the challenges of 21st century legal practice.”
What in the hell constitutes “Legal Skills in Social Context”?!?! Does this program include training in the following areas: document review; collecting unemployment; applying for Food Stamps; customer service; insurance sales; etc.? Here is the final paragraph:
“Professor Bierman is a frequent lecturer and commentator about corporate governance reform, fiduciary responsibility and ethics, and justice reform. He was a member of the board of directors of the Council of Institutional Investors, where he co-chaired the policies committee. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.” [Emphasis mine]
It is uncanny how many of these “legal educator” pigs are alleged experts in matters of corporate governance and ethics! $omehow, these academic criminals do not feel that these principles apply to their own filthy industry.
Conclusion: Luke Bierman is a liar. He did not cite to any hard data, to support his $elf-$erving opinion. Remember, these idiots pride themselves on “training people how to think like lawyers.” When someone does not bolster their argument with actual facts or evidence, it weakens their case. If this cretin fails to do so, with regards to his specific industry, how is he going to prepare others to practice law?
In the end, “law professors” and deans do not give one damn about their current students and recent graduates. The pigs are paid up front, in full - while YOU, the student, will be left paying for your decision, for the next 25-30 years. You will bear the full burden, while the academic hustlers incur NONE of the risk. What a great $y$tem, huh?! Luke Bierman has a DIRECT, FINANCIAL INTEREST in making sure that people continue to enroll in law school, even though the job market is glutted. He will say anything to keep the gravy train rolling along. Just don't expect the tool to back up his case with actual hard facts or data.
Posted by Nando at 8:20 AM