Saturday, July 26, 2014
Great News: Law School Applications for Fall 2014 Are Down Another Eight Percent!
The Glorious News: On July 22, 2014, the ABA Journal published a piece from Martha Neil, under the headline “Law school applications down 37 percent since 2010; first-year class could be smallest in 40 years.” Check out this opening:
“Those hoping that a multiyear trend of declining law school applications and admissions would come to an end this year are confronting disappointing statistics.
Applications for the class that begins law school this fall are down 8 percent following double-digit declines the two previous years, according to statistics compiled by the Law School Admission Council. That adds up to a total drop in applications of 37 percent since 2010, and likely means an entering class of around 38,000, a University of North Carolina law professor tells the National Law Journal (sub. req.).
If law professor Alfred Brophy is right, that would be the smallest group to enter American Bar Association-accredited law schools since 1974, the article says. In 2010, a total of 52,488 individuals began their first year of law school.
Brophy called the numbers "a real morale buster," and said it's unclear when the enrollment decline will stop. "Law school just isn't the path into the middle class that it once was," he told the legal publication.” [Emphasis mine]
This is what happens when you bring unfiltered, solid information to college graduates. Once law schools could no longer assert 98 percent employment placement rates for their recent classes, lemmings began to notice a significant drop in this metric.
Brophy is correct, even if he engaged in a huge understatement. Perhaps, in the 1980s and early 1990s – when tuition was relatively dirt cheap - law school provided a decent chance to enter the middle class. Now if you attend, you will essentially be required to incur an additional $100K-$180K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for a realistic chance to land a job that pays $35K-$45K annually. Who in their right mind would make this decision?!?!
The article then continued:
“However, Northwestern University's law school dean said the hope that the number of law school applications would remain the same or go up this year was based on "wishful thinking."
"Frankly, there was never a very good theory as to why we would see a correction this year, nor did the data point in that direction," dean Daniel Rodriguez told the NLJ. He serves as president of the Association of American Law Schools.”
When these academic devils engage in wishful thinking, you know that the toilets are in trouble. By the way, there was also never a good theory as to why the U.S. lawyer job market would recover by 2012 or 2013 either. The pigs merely snorted that nonsense, in order to get more asses in seats.
Other Coverage: Elie Mystal wrote an entry labeled “Why One Law School Is Bucking The Downward Trend On Applications” – on July 22, 2014. After noting that one new, non-ABA accredited Texas commode is seeing a rise in applications, the author makes the following insight:
“When will other law schools accept this basic lesson? The tuition is too damn high! If law schools want more people to buy their product, they must reduce the price and offer good value. It’s that simple.
Instead of charging like Yale but being not as good, why can’t more law schools charge like UNT but try to be better?”[Emphasis mine]
The main reason why the schools don’t lower tuition is because the “professors” demand to be paid ridiculous sums of money, for “working” 4-6 hours per week. If you want to make $180K+ per year in the private sector, then you will be expected to work your ass to the bone. In the event that you are not productive – or it becomes more “cost effective” to replace you – then you will be shown the door. In stark contrast, these “educators” can sit in their office all day reading the Wall Street Journal and writing obscure law review articles.
On July 22, 2014, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog published Jennifer Smith’s article, “Law School Applicant Pool Continues to Shrink.” Look at the following portion:
“The pool of would-be lawyers continues to shrink for the fourth year in a row, bad news for law schools already hard-hit by declining enrollment amid a tough legal job market.
The number of law school applicants this year is down by more than 37% compared to 2010, according to the National Law Journal, which analyzed the latest numbers from the Law School Admission Council…
Some law schools have cut staff and pruned faculty to cope with budgetary woes. Others have watched their credit ratings dip, particularly some smaller or stand-alone laws schools.
The most recent data on Law School Admission Test takers doesn’t inspire much confidence either. As Law Blog reported in June, the 21,802 people who sat for the LSAT that month represents the lowest June total in 14 years.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: Don’t feel bad for the law schools and the “professors.” They have fed off the flesh and bones of students and taxpayers for far too long. The schools published false and misleading data for years, in an attempt to lure in more victims. These “scholars” collectively pumped out FAR MORE GRADUATES than there were available lawyer openings – for decades! They then began touting a law degree as a ticket to an unlimited number of great opportunities. Lastly, when many JDs were unable to land decent employment - due to the GLUT of attorneys and lack of good non-legal jobs - the swine began to blame the grads. Now, they are reaping what they sowed.
Posted by Nando at 6:33 AM