Thursday, February 11, 2016
ABA-Accredited Toilets With the Lowest Percentage of Employed Grads Who Practice Law
Thanks for Playing, Lemmings!: On February 8, 2016, Staci Zaretsky wrote an ATL entry entitled “The Law Schools With The Most Graduates Who Aren’t Using Their Law Degrees.” Enjoy the following segment:
“Why go to law school if you aren’t going to use your degree? If you’re going to accumulate up to six figures of student-loan dollars, you may as well bite the bullet and start practicing law. Thanks to the vagaries of the entry-level job market, however, try as they might, many recent law school graduates simply aren’t able to work as lawyers. Finding a job as an attorney after graduation wasn’t as easy as they were led to believe, and many of them are now working in positions where bar passage isn’t a requirement and having a law degree isn’t even considered an advantage.
Graduates of some law schools have been hit harder by this depressing trend than others, and thanks to a new ranking from StartClass that’s sure to make law school administrators cringe, we now know which schools are pumping out the most graduates who’ve been unable to make the transition from would-be lawyers to practicing lawyers.
Using the most recent jobs data compiled by the American Bar Association, StartClass pulled information on graduates of each of the 205 law schools accredited by the ABA, finding the percentage of graduates who were employed, but not in positions where bar passage is required or a JD served as a demonstrable advantage. For the purposes of this ranking, “[t]he percentage of graduates not using their law degrees includes those who are employed in professional, non-professional and undeterminable positions.”
Here are the top 10 law schools where graduates aren’t using their degrees:
1) Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law (51.3 percent aren’t using their degree)
2) Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law (45.5 percent aren’t using their degree)
3) Florida A&M University College of Law (29 percent aren’t using their degree)
4) Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (27.9 percent aren’t using their degree)
5) University of Puerto Rico School of Law (25.4 percent aren’t using their degree)
6) Appalachian School of Law (23.9 percent aren’t using their degree)
7) Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School (23.3 percent aren’t using their degree)
8) Widener University School of Law (Wilmington) (22.2 percent aren’t using their degree)
9) Thomas Jefferson School of Law (21.7 percent aren’t using their degree)
10) Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg) (21.2 percent aren’t using their degree)
Three ABA-accredited law schools in Puerto Rico that our readers have likely never heard of all landed in the top 5 of the StartClass ranking, followed by some of the usual suspects, like Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Thomas Jefferson School of Law.” [Emphasis mine]
Is anyone surprised to see excrement piles such as TTTT Cooley, Widener, Appalachian Sewer of Law, and TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on $chool of Law on this decrepit list?! Hell, this lineup would be suspect if it didn’t include these certified dung heaps.
Other Coverage: On February 4, 2016, the ABA Journal published a Debra Cassens Weiss piece that was headlined “These law schools had the highest percentage of employed students not using their degrees.” Take a look at this opening:
“Two law schools in Puerto Rico top a list of schools that produced the largest percentage of graduates who aren’t using their law degrees in their jobs.
The schools were ranked based on the percentage of their employed grads who don’t have positions in which passing the bar is required or having a JD is an advantage. StartClass created the list using ABA data on students who graduated between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. Its findings are reprinted by the Arizona Daily Star.”
For some reason, the Arizona Daily Star article cited no longer appears online. Perhaps, the pigs threatened to open a fourth law school in the state, if the paper did not remove the story. By the way, even these pathetic numbers are skewed somewhat, since they pertain to employed graduates and include supposed “JD Advantage” positions.
Honestly, how many non-law employers truly consider a law degree as a plus in a job candidate?! The fact remains that most companies view a Juris Doctor negatively, because they perceive lawyers as combative and more likely to sue if they are later terminated. Hell, a quick search for JD Advantage positions on Indeed pulls up 748 results – and many of those are attorney jobs. The first page currently includes sales representative, financial and senior consultant, and collections account manager. In fact, the sales rep gig pays $50K per year and the collections post offers $14-$16 an hour. Yeah, you’ll make everyone – including yourself – so proud of your $150K TT law degree, for a chance to make such princely sums of money!
Ranking of This Group: As you can see, every member of the bottom 10 is a member of fourth tier wasteland, as rated by US “News” & World Report. Yes, that is quite an accomplishmenTTTT, huh?!?! The only commode that doesn’t appear is Lincoln Memorial University, which only has provisional accreditation from the ABA. Do you sense a pattern, moron?!?! Has it sunk into your tiny brain yet?! Would you wilingly pay $42K for a 1983 Subaru that doesn’t start?
Conclusion: In the final analysis, if you do not understand that attending an expensive-ass fourth tier trash pit is foolish, then you are too damn dumb to order food for yourself. If you do not land an attorney position, as graduate of one of these toilets, then what are you going to do in order to repay $130K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt? Do you think – for one second – that corporate America is actively looking to hire TTTT grads, and place them in high-paying jobs?
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