Thursday, April 23, 2015
Washington Post Points Out That Law Schools Are Losing Relevance
Excellent News!: On April 20, 2015, the Washington Post published an article – from reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel - entitled “Why law schools are losing relevance – and how they’re trying to win it back.” Check out this blunt opening:
“Law schools across the country are facing their lowest enrollment numbers in years, causing some to slash their budgets and revamp their programs in an effort to attract students worried about finding a job in a diminished legal industry.
Nearly 46,000 people have applied so far to go to an accredited U.S. law school in the most recent admissions cycle, a figure that puts applications on track to hit just short of 53,000 total. By comparison, there were a total of 77,000 applicants in 2010 and 90,000 in 2004, according to the Law School Admission Council. Even top-ranked Harvard Law School witnessed a drop in applications before rebounding in the last two years.
Poor enrollment is hurting the bottom line at some schools. Washington and Lee’s School of Law said it plans to cut 12 positions, while Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School delivered pink slips to more than half of its faculty and staff members last summer.
Going to law school used to feel like a no-brainer for college graduates seeking financial security. But that calculus has changed, with many firms that suffered during the recession still struggling to fully recover. Last month, Wiley Rein, one of the Washington area’s biggest law firms, cut 48 attorneys and staff members, an estimated 9 percent of its overall workforce.
“It’s still really difficult for first-years. I’m seeing people with good credentials from good law schools struggling to get jobs,” said Darin Morgan, a partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa, a legal recruitment firm.” [Emphasis mine]
Do you understand that, lemming?!?! Or do I need to spell it out for you with crayon on posterboard?! Those with an IQ above room temperature are avoiding law school in droves, because they are smart enough to face reality, i.e. they have figured out that this is a GLUTTED field. This is not some rant from a bitter law grad. Later on, the piece contained this nugget:
“Law school is not a ticket to financial security,” said Kyle McEntee, a Vanderbilt University Law School graduate who helped found the group Law School Transparency. “There’s just no evidence that the people starting school now are going to end up okay, and to me that’s really concerning.” [Emphasis mine]
The fact remains that taking on an additional $120K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for a chance to enter a SATURATED “profession” – is typically a ticket to financial ruin, not a path to status or security. Unfortunately, too many waterheads feel that THEY will graduate from a third tier commode or fourth tier trash pit, and somehow come out making bank by representing broke-ass clients and “fighting for justice.” These people should be removed from the gene pool, before they reproduce.
Falling Standards Equal Higher Admission Rates: On January 15, 2015, David Frakt posted a Faculty Lounge entry labeled “Cost Cutting in an Age of Declining Law School Enrollment.” As you can see, the pigs willingly lower their admi$$ion$ “standards” – rather than have some integrity and face more job cuts. Hell, the bitches and hags lay off janitors and non-tenured academics well before offering buyouts and “early retirement” packages to their fellow swine.
“For the last four years, enrollment has dropped each year by about two-thirds of the decline in applicants. If the pattern holds true this year, enrollment will decline by about 5.7%, which would put 2015 enrollment at around 35,750.
Year Decline in Applicants Decline in Enrollment
2011 -10.0% -7.7%
2012 -13.7% -9.2%
2013 -12.3% -6.7%
2014 -6.7% -4.5%
2015 -8.5% Projected -5.7%
For the past four years, virtually every law school in the country has been faced with a choice: lower admissions standards, shrink the entering class size, or some combination of the two. As I have previously noted, 95% of law schools have demonstrably lowered their standards and probably the real number is pretty close to 100%. This can be seen not only by the declining LSAT numbers of entering students, but also in the fact that enrollment has not declined at the same rate as the decline in applications.” [Emphasis mine]
Does anyone with a brain stem want to argue to the contrary? The pigs have been doing this for years, even before 2011. Paul Campos noted this trend, back on December 14, 2012. For $ome rea$on, the cockroaches admit a higher percentage of applicants – even when those prospective students are getting dumber.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, "law professors" and administrators do not give one damn about you, the student or recent graduate. You are a mere means to an end, i.e. federal student loan money. If you are still considering a "legal education," then you are an ideal candidate for a brain shunt.
Legions of JDs have been directly financially crushed by their choice to earn a law degree. The attorneys job market is shrinking, and intelligent college grads are eschewing law school. These in$titution$ are losing relevance, because they are now actively recruiting - and admitting - morons who have little chance of passing the bar exam and practicing law. Since these ABA-accredited toilet stalls teach nothing practical, they have always relied on the supposed "prestige" and "flexibility" of the diploma. Once that facade is removed, what the hell is left?
Posted by Nando at 3:52 AM