Tuesday, August 26, 2014
An Epic Slapdown: On August 13, 2014, the Atlantic published a Paul Campos piece simply entitled “The Law-School Scam.” He comes out swinging against InfiLaw. Check out this excerpt:
“From the perspective of graduates who can’t pay back their loans, however, this dream is very much a nightmare. Indeed, it’s easy to make the case that these students wind up in far worse shape than defaulting homeowners do, thanks to two other differences between subprime mortgages and educational loans. First, educational debt, unlike mortgages, can almost never be discharged in bankruptcy, and will continue to follow borrowers throughout their adult lives. And second, mortgages are collateralized by an asset—that is, a house—that usually retains significant value. By contrast, anecdotal evidence suggests that many law degrees that do not lead to legal careers have a negative value, because most employers outside the legal profession don’t like to hire failed lawyers.
How much debt do graduates of the three InfiLaw schools incur? The numbers are startling. According to data from the schools themselves, more than 90 percent of the 1,191 students who graduated from InfiLaw schools in 2013 carried educational debt, with a median amount, by my calculation, of approximately $204,000, when accounting for interest accrued within six months of graduation—meaning that a single year’s graduating class from these three schools was likely carrying about a quarter of a billion dollars of high-interest, non-dischargeable, taxpayer-backed debt.
And what sort of employment outcomes are these staggering debt totals producing? According to mandatory reports that the schools filed with the ABA, of those 1,191 InfiLaw graduates, 270—nearly one-quarter—were unemployed in February of this year, nine months after graduation. And even this figure is, as a practical matter, an understatement: approximately one in eight of their putatively employed graduates were in temporary jobs created by the schools and usually funded by tuition from current students. InfiLaw is not alone in this practice: many law schools design the brief tenure of such “jobs” to coincide precisely with the ABA’s nine-month employment-status reporting deadline. In essence, the schools are requiring current students to fund temporary jobs for new graduates in order to produce deceptive employment rates that will entice potential future students to enroll. (InfiLaw argues that these jobs have “proven to be an effective springboard for unemployed graduates to gain experience and secure long-term employment.”)” [Emphasis mine]
Do you still want to attend this for-profit trash pit, Lemming?!?! If so, then I suggest that you do the following: go to the nearest payday predatory lender, pull out $2,000 in cash, and give me that money – so I can kick you square in the nuts. It will be a much better “investment in yourself,” dumbass. At least, the pain will be temporary – and you will not be FINANCIALLY RUINED for life.
Other Coverage: On August 18, 2014, the Florida Times-Union posted a piece from Andrew Pantazi, under the headline “The Atlantic essay accuses Florida Coastal School of Law of overcharging tuition, providing poor education.” Look at this opening:
“Florida Coastal School of Law is accepting too many students, saddling them with too much debt but not enough jobs, argued a scathing essay published last week in The Atlantic magazine.
But the school’s top administration said Monday the 5000-word essay wasn’t fair or true, saying the author, University of Colorado law professor Paul Campos, didn’t rely on accurate data.”
For $ome rea$on, the bitches and hags do not even attempt to show how Campos relied on inaccurate information. If the for-profit dung beetles who operate this toilet cannot muster a tepid defense, then imagine the type of “education” that the students are receiving at this stench pit.
Now, scroll down to the author’s conclusion:
“The world of for-profit law schools, Campos wrote, “is one in which schools accredited by the American Bar Association admit large numbers of severely underqualified students; these students in turn take out hundreds of millions of dollars in loans annually, much of which they will never be able to repay. Eventually, federal taxpayers will be stuck with the tab, even as the schools themselves continue to reap enormous profits.” [Emphasis mine]
Idiot Pantazi seems to take the vultures at their word. I wouldn’t be surprised if the PR hacks wrote the first draft of the article, and then proceeded to stuff their hand up Pantazi’s ass.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school pigs are lower than whale excrement. These bastards DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about their students or recent graduates. To them, these young men and women are mere marks to be exploited. After all, the “professors” are not going to be hired by federal agencies or law firms. Do you think – for one second – that managing partners will take these “scholars” seriously as job candidates?!?!
In the real world, one needs to perform more than 6-10 hours of labor per week. Furthermore, writing non-peer reviewed articles in obscure journals and bloviating on the effect of wheat production on the Commerce Clause is not considered “work.” This is the equivalent of a toddler scribbling over a picture with crayon. A parent might hang this on the fridge, but mostly to be kind or because the child is starting to develop fine motor skills. No one would pay for this product, and the same goes for idiotic law review pieces.
Posted by Nando at 5:25 AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Fourth Tier Thomas M. Cooley Law School Will Undergo Massive Cuts to Faculty, Even After a Name Change
Five years ago today, I posted my first blog entry regarding the law school scam. Now, after 406 posts and over 3 million page views, I am proud to see that this site has helped cause a large decrease in U.S. law school enrollment. It has been great to be part of such a just cause and noble movement. After seeing the following development – featuring the laughingstock of American “legal education” – I am leaning towards winding this blog down in the next few months.
In the last year, my physical health had declined, and I have worked extremely hard to get back on track. I also recently received good news, regarding a biopsy. However, maintaining this site has become a chore. I realize that I need to focus more on things that are truly important. If I decide to stop blogging on this topic, then I need you guys to continue the fight. Get off your asses and expose this filthy, vile industry and the swine involved – since they have collectively and willingly destroyed so many lives, for their own personal gain. Thank you for your support, and for informing others about this scam.
Excellent News: The Lansing City Pulse published a Belinda Thurston piece entitled “Cooley right-sizing” – on August 15, 2014. Take a look at this opening:
“Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is delivering pink slips to faculty and staff in all of its Michigan campuses.
Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent, according to one. Another said the impact could be as high as 70 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed the amount, but said he did not have numbers.” [Emphasis mine]
When you shed light on a nest of cockroaches, the bastards scatter to dark corners. These parasites simply cannot handle the truth – as their entire “business model” relies on lying to potential applicants, publishing misleading employment figures, and making baseless claims as to the future of the U.S. lawyer job market.
Other Coverage: On August 15, 2014, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL piece labeled “Large-Scale Layoffs Come to Cooley.” Check out the following portion:
“Since last week, we’ve received various tips from readers concerning faculty and staff layoffs at Cooley Law. On August 8, a tipster told us that the Lansing campus suffered a major blow. On August 11, another tipster informed us that Cooley was “laying off tons of professors and staff from its main campus.”
Now, the story has made the local news, with sources saying “the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent” of Cooley’s faculty of 271 law professors. One angry professor had this to say to the Lansing City Pulse:
“We have non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses upon which our severance packages hinge so I cannot say anything on the record and very little off the record other than to confirm that the cuts to faculty and staff are significant and I am among those in that category,” shared one faculty member, who spoke under condition of anonymity. “Plus I am really, really pissed.”
The source continued: “I was notified last week. My last day is August 31 … I honestly don’t know if they are done. If enrollment continues to decline then maybe not.” [Emphasis mine]
You’re welcome, Bitch! Of course, you as an academic leech feel entitled to FINANCIALLY RUINING people for life – and getting fat off of the federally-backed student loan system. Seeing that you “sacrificed” to teach, you should have no trouble landing a job as a Biglaw hiring partner.
Now, scroll down to the author’s conclusion:
" [Senior counsel to the toilet, James] Robb says that the school regrets having to go through this “painful but necessary” process, but all Cooley is trying to do is put itself in a better position to teach the would-be lawyers of America. We suppose that the key word there is “would-be,” as only 26.9 percent of last year’s class found full-time jobs as lawyers nine months after graduation. At least they got an “outstanding education” as a consolation prize.
As for the many, many law professors who are losing their jobs thanks to Cooley Law’s financial predicament, we’re sure they’ll be pleased to know that the Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts, will not be impacted. After all, we hear concessions sales is a “J.D. Advantage” job." [Emphasis mine]
Perhaps, these academic thieves can work the concessions stands and charge $25 for one beer and $12 for a stale hot dog. Then again, the fans in the stands would likely string them up by their hooves and beat them senseless.
What a Difference a Year Makes: Hell, on August 18, 2013, Don LeDuc – dean and “president” of this FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT – claimed that Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer was in great financial shape. That was a mere one year and two days ago!
Conclusion: We have played a central role in the decline in overall law school enrollment. This is quite an achievement. Think about that for a moment: a few dozen, highly-committed individuals beat down a billion-dollar indu$try. We did so, armed with nothing more than the facts, truth, charts, graphs, industry statements, BLS data, and great writing and imagery. As a result of our collective work, MANY ABA-accredited schools are now laying off faculty members and staff. Others have had their bond ratings downgraded.
In the final analysis, these selfish “professors” and administrators behaved as though the numbers of students would never decrease. Dozens of law schools/diploma mills engaged in huge spending sprees – in order to construct “state of the art” law libraries and buildings. As such, many ABA schools are weighed down with the cost of these capital projects. Apparently, the law school pigs failed to recognize that the “higher education arms race” is futile. After all, when lower-ranked commodes increase their expenditures – for the purpose of increasing their ranking - the decent schools and the elite in$titution$ do the same damn thing.
Posted by Nando at 5:51 AM
Saturday, August 16, 2014
After profiling the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson Sewer of Law, we now head roughly 5,096 miles to the northern and easternmost state in the union, in order to sandblast another third tier commode. Who knew that a filthy toilet sat in the middle of Pacific Ocean, as well as on the shores of the North Atlantic?! What are the odds?
Tuition: Maine residents will be charged $22,290 in full-time tuition for 2014-2015, whereas full-time, out-of-state law students will have their asses penetrated to the tune of $33,360 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Then again, New England Regional Program and Canadian citizens will only face a tuition bill of $30,420 – for the same school year. Who says that public schools are affordable?!
Ranking: According to the fishwrap known as US “News” & World Report, the Univer$iTTTTy of Maine Sewer of Law is the 129th greatest, most remarkable and amazing law school in the entire United States. Yes, only 128 ABA-accredited diploma mills are rated above this third tier commode.
Who wouldn’t want to attend such a presTTTigious “institution of higher learning”?!?!? In fact, it shares this distinct honor with the following five trash pits: Drexel; North Dakota; University of St. Thomas; Wyoming; and VermonTTT Law $chool.
Published Employment Placement Statistics: The Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates shows that there were 96 graduates from this class. Of that amount, 78 were employed – in some capacity – within nine months of receiving their TTT law degree. This translates to a “placement” rate of 81.25 percent. Yes, what a tremendous outcome for the students, right?!?!
Furthermore, only 46 members of this cohort found jobs where bar passage was required. Under Employment Type, you will see that 38 grads were hired by private law firms. This figure includes four desperate solos and 26 men and women working in firms of 2-10 attorneys. In contrast, five graduates found employment in offices of 101-250 lawyers and one in a firm of more than 500 attorneys.
Perhaps, you feel that the odds do not apply to you. In that case, you truly are a delusional clown. Again, one member of the Maine JD Class of 2013 landed Biglaw, whereas pretty much everyone took on life-altering, soul-crushing amounts of student debt for this TTT "credential." Are YOU going to be that single person in your class?!?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Univer$iTTTy of Maine Sewer of Law Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $92,603. In addition, 84% of this clogged toilet’s 2013 cohort took on such foul debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.
TTT Program Offering: Take a look at the trash pit’s CenTTTer for Oceans and CoasTTTal Law. From the rodents’ description:
“Center for Oceans and Coastal Law
The Center for Oceans and Coastal Law is a teaching and interdisciplinary research center devoted to law and policy of the oceans. Center activities embrace a broad range of teaching and research, seeking to enhance the skills of the lawyer and policy scientist as applied to oceans problems from the Gulf of Maine to the seas of Europe, Africa and Asia. The Center is directed by Professor Charles H. Norchi, who also serves as Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).
Through its program of conferences, lectures, and publications, the Center builds on a longstanding Maine maritime tradition. That tradition includes 18th Century piracy trials, 19th Century Clipper Sailing Ships that carried trade in fur and timber from the new world to the old, the 20th Century Liberty Ships that were built in South Portland and contributed to Allied victory in the Second World War.” [Emphasis mine]
After reading that meandering nonsense, are you still awake? Maybe these bitches and hags can bring this center into the 21st century. For instance, I see no mention of the upcoming fight for Canada’s “blue gold” in that summary. Nor did the description list the fact that in August 2007, Russia planted its flag on the North Pole’s sea floor. Then again, expecting academic swine to be on the forefront of anything is akin to betting that your cat will bring you the morning newspaper tomorrow.
Conclusion: If this is the best law school that you can get into, then you need to seek a different career path. After all, there is no sense in incurring an additional $105K-$140K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a degree that will qualify for a job making $45K per year – and that’s if you’re lucky. Hell, you are better off remaining in your field or job, and working your way up to management.
As noted earlier, and based off the garbage heap’s own documentation, one damn person from the Class of 2013 landed a Biglaw job. Maybe a few others landed jobs that may justify the student debt incurred. At this point, if you willingly choose to ignore the facts about law school, then you should roast in FINANCIAL HELL. Unfortunately, the law school pigs who wiped their asses with your life will not be barbecued beyond recognition – which is what they deserve.
Posted by Nando at 6:59 AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Tuition: In-state resident, full-time law students will be charged $18,464 in tuition, for the 2014-2015 school year. Non-resident students attending this sewage pit full-time will be ass-raped at the rate of $39,192 – for the 2014-2015 academic year. For $ome rea$on, the bitches and hags at this school list tuition on a per-semester basis.
Estimated Total Cost of Attendance: According to this document, other expenses – including student fees of $712 and loan charges of $220 – will add another $18,470 to the tab. This applies to those living off or on campus full time. Also, the transportation estimate of $1,326 seems ridiculously low. Hell, gas and insurance should exceed that amount alone. Now throw in vehicle maintenance and an occasional major repair.
Seeing that these figures are based on a nine-month school year, and not on the actual 12 month calendar year, we will prorate the following expenses: meals/housing; personal costs; and transportation. Hence, other expenses will total $23,893. Doing so, we reach the following, more accurate total COA amounts for 2014-2015: $42,357 for Hawai’i residents living off or on campus and $63,079 for out-of-state, full-time law students living on or off campus. By the way, consider the costs associated with moving to the state from the mainland.
Ranking: Based on the surroundings, one would expect this commode to have a decent reputation among academics, judges and lawyers, correct?!?! Well…according to US “News” & World Report, the Univer$iTTTy of Hawai’i at Manoa William $. Richard$on Sewer of Law is rated at the 100th greatest, most remarkable and presTTTigious law school in the entire country. What a tremendous accomplishment, huh?!?!
Published Employment Statistics: The toilet’s Employment Summary Report for 2013 Graduates shows that there were 104 members of this cohort. In fact, only 53 men and women from this group landed full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage was required. Yes, very impressive! Then again, 90 grads from this class found employment – whether full-time, part-time, short term or long term – within nine months of receiving their TTT law degrees. This translates to a “placement” rate of 86.5 percent.
Under Employment Type, you will see that a total of 27 graduates landed positions in private law firms! Could you imagine – for one goddamn second - if slightly more than one quarter of an accredited U.S. medical school’s class ended up in private practice?!?! Furthermore, only six members of this cohort worked for an office of 51-100 attorneys, and NO ONE found employment in a larger law firm. You will also note that four grads from this class landed law school or university-funded positions.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Univer$iTTTy of Hawai’i JD Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $70,263. Furthermore 80% of this clogged toilet’s 2013 cohort took on such toxic debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled. And it sure as hell doesn’t include opportunity costs.
Unique Journal OpporTTTuniTTTy: As a student at this third tier commode, you will have a chance to write onto something called the Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal. Take a look at this partial descripTTTion:
The Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal (APLPJ) is a web-based, American legal journal covering issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Our objectives are to disseminate legal research by law professors, legal practitioners, social scientists, economists, and students; to increase awareness of legal issues impacting the region; and to provide a forum to discuss legal topics that fall within the Journal’s geographic scope. In addition to the web format, the journal is available through the legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw. We invite authors to submit original manuscripts for consideration. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please address your comments to email@example.com.”
Yes, that is going to lead to legal employers climbing over each other to hire you, right?!?! Of course, not before hot co-ed undergrads take you to the beach and give you a series of rim jobs. If you land a student editor position, then you need to be careful and make sure that law firm hiring partners don’t hit you in the face with suitcases full of money. [Disclaimer: Nothing of this sort will happen. Hell, you have a greater likelihood of starting at third base for the Yankees next year.]
Conclusion: Avoid this overpriced garbage pit as if your financial future was at stake – because that is the case! In the final analysis, no one – not family members, friends, associates, former co-workers, the 7-11 cashier you’ve wanted to bang for the last two years – will care that you went to law school in Hawai’i. This is especially true, when you are a debt-strapped TTT grad who is selling insurance or managing a comic book store.
If you are an idiot and you are getting ready to enroll in this trash heap, then you are probably proud of your accomplishmenTTT. Congratulations, dolt. When you graduate with $85K-$120K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, and earn $39K per year, you will feel as though you have had a large pineapple permanently shoved up your ass. You have been provided with a good 5-7 years of fair warnings, from a number of sources, i.e. law grads, attorneys, “professors,” journalists, state bar association officials, etc. As such, YOU have no one to blame, when you end up making a paltry income.
Posted by Nando at 7:34 AM
Friday, August 8, 2014
Dear Dumbass Lemming,
In spite of rock hard facts and data showing that: (a) this “profession” is oversaturated; and (b) that law school is too damn expensive for the likely payoff, you have decided to take the plunge. After all, those statistics do not apply to you, because YOU are so exceptional, right?!?!
Employment Placement for the Law School Class of 2013: For this data, we head to the NALP Class of of 2013 National Summary Report. According to this chart, there were 46,776 graduates competing for 28,746 jobs where bar passage was required. Keep in mind that not all of those positions were traditional lawyer openings.
In fact, in the subsection labeled Private Practice Jobs, you will note that 19,272 people from this cohort landed such posts. However, only 17,968 grads landed positions in this sector, where a law license was required. This equates to 38.4 percent of the class, i.e. 17,272/46,776. Could you imagine – for one second - if medical school graduates faced such outcomes?!?!
Scroll down to page two of this PDF, and head to Size of Firm. Of the 19,272 JDs who ended up in private practive, 933 were desperate-ass solos. Another 8,087 were in firms of 2-10 attorneys. Conversely, a total of 1,067 landed jobs in offices of 251-500 lawyers – and 3,980 found employment in firms of more than 500 attorneys. Do you still like your odds, Lemming?!?! You do realize that those Biglaw jobs are reserved for solid graduates of top 10 law schools, as well as the sons and daughters of federal judges and wealthy pigs, correct?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: Take a look at this ranking system from US “News” & World Report, for a moment. You idiots live by such rating schemes. If this rag furnished a list as to the best method of wiping your college-educated ass, then you would likely adopt that without question. At any rate, if these debt figures do not make you reconsider your decision, then you truly are a lost cause.
Here are the top ten commodes, for the JD Class of 2013, in terms of strapping down their unfortunate graduates with LIFE ALTERING, SOUL CRUSHING debt. I have provided the school name, followed by the the average indebtedness figure for those who took on law school debt and the percentage of the class who incurred this debt.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law - $180,665; 92%
New York Law School - $164,739; 84%
American University (Washington) - $158,636; 88%
California Western School of Law - $157,748; 90%
Northwestern University - $155,777; 78%
Whittier College - $154,267; 92%
University of Chicago - $153,753; 85%
Florida Coastal School of Law - $150,360; 91%
St. Thomas University - $150,166; 91%
University of Miami - $148,513; 79%
Of these ten “in$titution$ of higher education,” only two of these schools could be considered “elite.” Who in their right mind would even consider taking on $190K-$220K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a TTTT law degree from TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law?!?! Frankly, such a person should be declared mentally unfit to enter into any contract.
Above the Law’s Advice to You: On August 6, 2014, ATL’s Shannon Achimalbe posted an entry entitled “A Final Warning To Those Who Enter The Law School Black Hole.” Read the entire article, but focus on the following excerpt:
“For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about law school hoping that it would help would-be law students make an informed decision. I exposed some misperceptions about law school that no one discussed. I also suggested some cost-effective and possibly lucrative alternatives to a legal education. And I wrote about some last-minute things to consider before going to law school.
But some of you will still go to law school for the wrong reasons and pay rip-off prices. Ego, familial expectations, and peer pressure may play a role in your decision. So I want to finish the law-school-themed posts by issuing a warning to students and their parents about the consequences of graduating without a meaningful job and with six figure, nearly nondischargeable student loan debt….
You cannot claim that law school “scammed” you. The “law school scam” movement began around 2007 and the mainstream media picked up on it in 2011. Nowadays, it is common for news outlets to warn students about the low starting salaries and high student loan debts of most new attorneys. Once the truth about law school was exposed, those who felt victimized took solace knowing that they were not alone and not failures at life. This realization helped almost all of them eventually suck it up and move on.
But now, things are different. Even the scamblogs believe that if you go to law school now, you cannot complain that you were scammed if things don’t work out. There is enough information out there for you to do your own damn research. The fact that law school enrollment has been dropping in the last few years should tell you something. If you graduate in three years with high debt and a low-paying job, very few people will take pity on you.” [Emphasis mine]
Do you believe that YOU know more about the legal job market than those who have law degrees, including those who have practiced?! Remember, only ten percent of your class can land in the top decile – and at MANY ABA-accredited toilets, this will not be enough to help you land decent employment.
Conclusion: At this point in the game, if you are attending a non-elite law school, then you must be mentally deficient. At best, you are willfully ignorant of the GLUTTED job market. After all, if you had devoted a few hours online researching U.S. “legal education,” then you would have run across several dozen articles in major publications – from judges, lawyers, former attorneys, “law professors, ” journalists and social commentators – highlighting that law school is a terrible gamble for the student.
Use whatever common sense you have! Why would these people – who are not being paid a dime to expose the law school swine – come to these conclusions independently?!?! In the final analysis, if you choose to enroll in law school with such widely available information, then you have no one to blame but yourself – when you end up owing $163,218.92 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, while earning $38K per year, Stupid Bitch. You can still drop out at the end of first semester, if your grades do not place you in the top 10% of your class - but I doubt most of you have the mental fortitude to so then either.
Posted by Nando at 7:35 AM
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Monstrous Debt, Low Pay: On July 15, 2014, CNN Money posted a Ben Brody article labeled “Go to law school. Rack up debt. Make $62,000.” Read the following segment:
“Leslie Thompson earns $40,000 a year working two jobs, but her Albuquerque, N.M., house almost went into foreclosure twice this year.
Thompson's trade? She's a lawyer.
Lawyers have been struggling for a while now, but it's gotten even worse: Half of lawyers are now starting at a salary of less than $62,000 a year, according to the National Association for Law Placement.
Not only that, but starting salaries have fallen 13% over the past six years, down from $72,000 in 2008. At the same time, lawyers' student debts are piling up. Thompson is carrying over $150,000 in student loans.
The law profession took a big hit in the recession: Firms saw profits decline, and stiff competition for jobs dragged salaries down.
"The third quarter of 2008 [it] was just like the spigot got turned off," says James Leipold, executive director of the law association.” [Emphasis mine]
James Leipold is a vile worm. In the past, he helped the law schools lure in more victims – by allowing them to claim 98% employment placement rates. At any rate, this reporter does not understand that LPOs, automation, outsourcing, predictive coding, and legal software programs have had a devastating effect on recent law graduates. When given a choice, do you think that broke-ass potential clients are going to hire a lawyer to do a will, or do suppose that they’ll go with Legal Zoom?
Hell, you also go with Quicken software, Rocket Lawyer, LawDepot.com, and Total Legal for self-help and legal forms. Lay people can now access statutes and case law online. Many defendants are now representing themselves and entering their own plea bargains. They have figured out that they don’t need to shell out $3,000 for a DUI lawyer to get them a lesser conviction. These technological developments have likewise lessened the need for firms to hire associates. This is simple economics, people.
The author then continued:
“Back in 2008, associates at big firms made $125,000 straight out of school. But by last year, that had dropped to $95,000. And the vast majority of lawyers actually work at small firms for much less money. Local prosecutors, for instance, make about $50,000 in their first year, while those with 15 years of experience only earn $80,000.
"In American culture, our sense of being a lawyer is so much driven by television," Leipold says. "Sure, there are a handful of people making a lot of money, but it's not the rule."
James Leipold, why weren’t you making these statements five or ten years ago, bitch?!?! Did you feel that students back then did not deserve to be better informed about the job market?
Even the Winners Want Out of the “Profession”: The Atlantic published an epic Leigh McMullan Abramson piece, on July 29, 2014. The article was entitled “The Only Job With an Industry Devoted to Helping People Quit.” Look at this brutal opening:
“I went to law school because I didn’t know what to do after college and I'm bad at math. Law school seemed like a safe, respectable path and gave me an easy answer to what I was going to do with my life. And, as part of the millennial generation obsessed with test scores and academic achievement, I relished the spoils of a high LSAT score, admission to an Ivy League law school, and a job offer from a fancy corporate law firm.
I spent my first year as lawyer holed up in a conference room sorting piles of documents wearing rubber covers on my fingertips that looked like tiny condoms. Eventually, I was trusted with more substantive tasks, writing briefs and taking depositions. But I had no appetite for conflict and found it hard to care about the interests I was serving. I realized I had never seriously considered whether I was cut out to be a lawyer, much less a corporate litigator. After a few years, I just wanted out, but I had no idea where to begin.
I knew that I was not alone. Law-firm associate consistently ranks at the top of unhappy-professions lists and despite starting salaries of $160,000, law firms experience significant yearly associate attrition. What I didn’t realize was that the plight of burnt-out attorneys, particularly those at law firms, has recently spawned an industry of experts devoted to helping lawyers leave law. Attorneys now have their choice of specialized career counselors, blogs, books, and websites offering comfort and guidance to wannabe ex-Esqs.
“Law is the only career I know that has a sub-profession dedicated to helping people get out of it,” says Liz Brown, author of the help manual, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have, published last year.” [Emphasis mine]
Do…you…understand…that, Lemmings?!?! Or do I need to draw you a diagram on posterboard with Crayola, so that it can penetrate your gray matter? This article points out that successful law graduates cannot wait to leave this filth behind and move on with their lives. Could you imagine - for one damn second - if such a sub-industry existed helping physicians who want to leave the practice of medicine?!?!
Conclusion: Sadly, the CNN Money piece may inadvertently cause a few more waterheads to apply to law school. These morons might see a median starting salary of $62K, and completely ignore the staggering amount of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. What these fools should realize by now is that they are likely to earn $35K-$45K upon graduation. Try making rent, providing food and essentials, and repaying your student loans, on that income. Now, imagine if you had to support a family on that measly salary. In the final analysis, YOU need to look at law school solely as A FINANCIAL DECISION. After all, this will impact you for the rest of your life.
Posted by Nando at 7:31 AM