Vile Swine Droppings: On December 28, 2014, Cockroach Stephen Diamond wrote a blog entry labeled “Washington Post joins the myth making about law schools and legal employment – New Year’s Update.” He was butt-hurt that the Washington Post merely pointed out that first year enrollment has plummeted at DC-area toilets. From Diamond’s whiny rant:
“Now, of course, law schools face both a reputational effect of that oversupply problem and the fact that with a wider economic recovery underway law school is no longer necessary as a hiding place for unemployed college grads. Many college graduates can get jobs right away with just a BA, even if these gigs don’t pay as well as lawyering.
Ironically, and as has happened in several prior business cycles, the decline in the attractiveness of a JD is occurring as the legal employment market is steadily recovering. New BLS data analyzed by Ted Soto at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles suggests there will be a shortage of lawyers beginning as early as 2016. One legal industry consultant, Peter Zeughauser, told the Wall Street Journal that “the legal industry across the country was faring better than in the years following the financial meltdown of 2008. ‘For the first time in six years, the legal economy is back on track,’ he said.”
These basic facts about economic cycles and the BLS data on legal employment do not bother the Washington Post, however. Their legal reporter Catherine Ho reports today that there is a “shrinking job market for young lawyers” and a “major retrenchment” underway since 2008 in the legal sector.
This would certainly come as a surprise to the many large law firms handing out bonuses that are larger than any they have awarded associates since 2007. The conclusion also flies in the face of the data the BLS carefully assembles on legal employment and wages. The number of lawyers employed in the US has risen steadily every year over the last decade (except for a one time drop in 2008 to 553,690) to a high in 2013 of 592,670. Average annualized earnings have grown every year as well from $107,800 in May of 2003 to the May 2013 total of $131,990.” [Emphasis mine]
Theodore Soto is a liar and a pig, which has previously been pointed out on Third Tier Reality. For $ome rea$on, Cockroach Diamond fails to point to this BLS data from its Occupational Outlook Handbook:
“Job Outlook Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.” [Emphasis mine]
Apparently, some “law professors” have the reading comprehension level of an infant. By the way, moron: just because THREE New York Biglaw firms gave associates larger bonuses does not mean that the job market for attorneys is improving overall. When the hell did three large firms equal MANY? Plus, Biglaw accounts for a small fraction of available lawyer openings each year. Furthermore, how many graduates of 107th ranked $anTTTa Clara Univer$iTTTy Sewer of Law receive such employment offers, Bitch?!?!
Paul Campos Bitch Slaps Stephen Diamond Across the Face: On January 1, 2015, Paul Campos put a cueball in a sock and smashed Cockroach Diamond over the damn head with it in his LGM piece entitled “Ideology and belief.” After pointing out that Stephen Diamond has the mathematics acumen of a gerbil, he drops this knowledge:
“As I’ve noted elsewhere, the fact that demand for law school admission actually declined during the worst economic contraction since the 1930s should have been a warning sign to legal academia. It wasn’t, because instead law schools slashed admission standards, and managed to slightly increase total enrollment — although, again, enrollment fell per school — in the face of declining demand, leading innumerate observers like Diamond, who has a Ph.D. in political science as well as J.D., to conclude that demand was increasing. (Diamond claims that big year-end bonuses for lawyers at a handful of hyper-elite law firms means prosperity is just around the corner for the average law graduate, which is akin to arguing that Robert Axelrod’s salary is a good reason to enroll in a graduate program in political science).
Since then things have gotten much, much worse. Over at the Legal Whiteboard, Jerry Organ has afascinating post detailing the practical collapse of admission standards since 2010 (recall that standards had already slipped a good deal between 2004 and 2010, as the percentage of law school applicants who were admitted to at least one school increased by 23.6% between those years). It’s difficult to pick out the single most hair-raising stat that Organ has assembled, but here’s a good candidate: between 2010 and 2013, the percentage of law school matriculants with sub-145 LSAT scores increased by 56.8%. And that percentage almost certainly grew again this fall, as ABA law schools collectively admitted an astounding 80% of all applicants.” [Emphasis mine]
Now to this insightful conclusion from Campos:
“The question that interests me, in a somewhat morbid way, regarding Diamond, Conison, and their ilk throughout American legal academia in this the year 2015 of the Christian Era, is the extent to which they actually believe what they say.
The lawyer and sociologist David Riesman described ideology as the kind of sincere mental state that allows a man to habitually believe his own propaganda. American legal academia apparently remains a very sincere place.”
And people sometimes wonder why I refer to law school swine as mentally ill. First, legal academics have shown that they are not the slightest bit concerned with anyone but themselves. Secondly, they are seemingly incapable of grasping basic facts, i.e. employment “placement” figures, that don’t support their baseless assertions. Third, many of these leeches – such as Brian Leiter – lash out at their opponents, especially when those people dare to point out the obvious. In light of these MAJOR personality and character defects, can you honestly picture these entrenched “educators” as successful legal practitioners?!?!
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Stephen Diamond is a gluttonous pig who has fattened himself on the carcasses of an untold number of law students, over the years. He does not want to stop gorging himself on their flesh, and will do and say anything in order to keep the law school scam in operation. The parasite “teaches” at a third tier commode located in the historically-glutted California legal market. He simply doesn’t give a damn about the truth, potential legal clients, the “profession,” or his students.