Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Professor David Barnhizer Delivers a Cleveland Steamer: Midwest Commodes Are in Trouble
Excellence Unfolds: On April 1, 2016, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a Karen Farkas article entitled “Some Ohio law schools may 'wither away' says Cleveland State professor emeritus.” Look at this opening:
“Law schools in Ohio and around the Midwest face serious problems, and some may 'wither away,' says a Cleveland State University professor emeritus in a new paper.
"The limited applicant base of the overall Great Lakes/Midwest area, coupled with a saturated employment and earnings market for lawyers compared to the costs of attending law school and career earnings expectations, means that many law schools in the region are in a 'survival of the fittest' mode," writes David Barnhizer, a professor emeritus at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Barnhizer examined enrollment and employment data from 2012 to 2015 for law schools in the Great Lakes and Midwest, including the nine in Ohio.
Most, including CSU and the University of Akron, are "local" and draw students from their regions, he wrote.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, what a thriving job market! If there are relatively few jobs for working class men and women, where will the money for lawyers come from, lemming? Perhaps, it will fall out of the sky. Later on, the author continued:
"Following are the major issues law schools face:
1. The Great Lakes/Midwest region is economically depressed. While it may experience a partial recovery, it won't recreate the base of manufacturing activity that produced a strong, upwardly mobile middle class, need to sustain high-level educational activity.
2. The region's populations are static, aging or declining, with the result that the applicant pool for law schools is falling.
3. The region's lawyer job markets are saturated to the point that there are not a significant number of new jobs being created and the replacement market that depends on the deaths or retirement of lawyers currently in practice is slow moving.
4. Public budgets for local and state governments in the Great Lakes/Midwest region are under significant stress with the result that those institutions represent a largely static or declining employment market for lawyers.
5. A significant number of the region's "top" law jobs will be "cherry-picked" by graduates of law schools such as Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Ohio State and a few others.
"This clear trend means that many of the 'lesser' law schools in the Great Lakes/Midwest region are largely left 'out in the cold' in relation to being able to attract significant cohorts of well-qualified applicants and students," he wrote. "Several law schools are likely to simply wither away." [Emphasis mine]
Still want to attend law school in the region, and incur an additional $125K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, dumbass?!?! Perhaps, you would like to shell out $20K for a 1989 Toyota Tercel.
Other Coverage: The Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a March 30, 2016 Jacob Gershman entry that was labeled “The Rust Belt Law School Crisis.” Check out the following portion:
“The past year has been marked with some positive signs for law schools: the number of applicants appears to be creeping up after a years-long slide, and more young students are taking the LSAT.
Casting a shadow over the glint of good news — at least in one region of the country —is a new paper by a law professor forecasting what may be in store for law schools in the Great Lakes and Midwest area.
David Barnhizer, a professor emeritus at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, explores the various factors that he thinks will hinder any rebound there.
If you’re trying to maintain a positive mental attitude about the future of legal education, Mr. Barnhizer’s article may be less than salubrious. “The picture is not pretty in the ‘Rust Belt’ region,” he writes.” [Emphasis mine]
Take a stroll or drive through the Midwest sometime. Do you think auto plants and manufacturing are going to somehow come back to the area? Notice the boarded up factories, small shops, and defunct businesses. They dot the landscape. Who the hell has the funds to hire a lawyer? Look at entire abandoned plants in Flint, Michigan.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, law schools in the Midwest will do what they can to survive. We may see more mergers or perhaps witness some established college$ and univer$itie$ purchase more ABA-accredited trash heaps. The fact remains that people now are less willing to drop down $130K+ for a “legal education.” They have noticed the weak-ass employment prospects, shady placement figures, and SKYROCKETING tuition. In sum, it simply doesn’t make sense to go into serious debt, given the projected outcome. The costs far outweigh the potential payoff.
Expect to see Midwest toilets lower their admi$$ion$ “standards” further – in order to keep up enrollment. Law school pigs have to eat fine meals, live in nice neighborhoods, drive fancy cars, and have summer homes. Do you expect these cockroaches to “work” more than 4-6 hours, for such lifestyles? The best part is that these academic thieves DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN ABOUT YOU, your family, or your financial situation. You, the student or recent graduate, were a mere mean$ to an end.
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