Saturday, June 11, 2016
Law School Pigs Recently Roasted Beyond Recognition by Disillusioned Attorneys
Epic Rant: On June 7, 2016, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an op-ed from lawyer Bob Larsen, under the header “Law school fundraising: Solicitations will be bitterly denied.” Enjoy this opening screed:
“To my greedy law school:
No. Stop asking. I’m not going to give you any money. Ever. So you can stop sending those fundraising letters every few months, begging for more of my hard-earned cash.
I’m not blaming you for the collapse of the legal job market (although, one would think it behooves law schools to keep a close eye on the number of new lawyers vs. the number of new associate positions). I’m blaming you because you lied to us. You reported employment statistics — even back in 2007, when things were decidedly rosier — that led prospective students to believe that a huge portion of your graduates walked out of your hallowed halls and right into lucrative associate positions at fancy law firms. The reality, as we now know, is that you were counting everyone with any kind of job at all — from the guy working just a few hours per week at the 7-Eleven to the girl who took your perennial temporary position in the student affairs office — as employed, for the purposes of bragging about postgraduation employment.
Go ahead — continue shifting that blame to the victims of your dissembling and empty promises. It’s our fault that we took your claims at face value and didn’t do our own research (although that conflicts with what I learned about the law in this area). It’s our fault that we took on monumental debt loads to pay your inflated tuition prices (we’ll just ignore the fact that you scheduled classes for the cohorts in such a way that it was virtually impossible to hold a job while in school). It’s our fault that we listened while your professors reassured and cajoled and promised everything short of a bona fide job offer in order to keep us from dropping out when so many of us were reconsidering in the face of massive layoffs in the legal field.
I truly, deeply regret attending law school. Full of youthful optimism, I tried to better my life through education, and was slapped down hard. Despite assurances to the contrary, the things I learned haven’t helped me in the slightest.” [Emphasis mine]
This man sandblasted his commode. Still want to take the law school plunge, moron?!?! Now, scroll down to his conclusion:
“But worst of all is the debt. We’re not talking the paltry $25,000 that the average undergrad is saddled with nowadays. We’re talking $100,000 or more — $170,000, in my case, despite a 50 percent scholarship that seemed generous at the time. That level of debt demands a monthly payment that’s twice what my mortgage is. That’s money that I could be using to provide for my retirement. For my kids’ college. For any of the myriad expenses that life throws at you. But instead, I’m shouldering the crushing weight of astronomical student debt, stuck in debt slavery, the penalty for thinking that maybe, just maybe, education was the ticket to an elite career.
It feels like a grave insult every time you request a donation. At every turn, you’ve done me a disservice. You’ve taken so much from me, and given precious little. My life is worse for having known you. I have paid and will continue to pay for that mistake. But you don’t care; you’re just a bloated glutton, constantly demanding more.
So, in light of that, I’m sure you’ll understand when I say, “Go to hell, you parasite.” [Emphasis mine]
He pulls no punches. This is how you call out the cockroaches. Hopefully, this will cause some lemmings to reconsider their idiotic decision to apply to, and enroll in, law school.
More Criticism: On June 3, 2016, Steven Waechter wrote an article entitled “If You MUST Go to Law School…” After pointing out that LSAT scores and first year grades matter more than anything else, the author drop this knowledge:
“Your law degree isn’t going to stop child abuse, save the orphans, heal broken families, save the dolphins, get people raises, or increase the wealth and prosperity of the nation. Your law degree will leave you in serious debt, and badly in need of a paying job. If it is a job in the law, it will be a job that involves paperwork or bureaucracies. Nearly half of graduates don’t get jobs in the law at all.
Oh, and you will not be able to help all the “poor and working-class Americans who can’t afford a lawyer” that law school deans talk about all the time. They can’t afford legal services. They. Can’t. Afford. Lawyers. When you graduate from law school with six-figure student loan debt on top of the normal costs of life, you will not be able to work for free. Put it together, genius.
Law Is a Business
Law is a service industry; it provides legal services to those who can pay for them. Your decision to attend law school needs to be approached in a business-like manner as well. It is an extremely expensive and time-consuming venture whose outcome is not guaranteed.
The costs and the benefits need to be weighed carefully, and the risks of failure and disaster are present and need to be accounted for along with things like tuition. Those costs can and should be minimized, like in any other investment. If the costs outweigh the likely benefits, you should consider staying away from law school.
More romantic people than I will tell you that law is a “calling,” and that it isn’t just about the money. Ask these people to contribute money for your tuition. Yes, we need lawyers. We may not need you as a lawyer. Of 1.5 million law school graduates, only about half actually practice law for a living, and it isn’t because of a lack of “calling.” It is because of a lack of “money.” The business of law is just as susceptible to supply-and-demand as any other market. Supply now outstrips demand, and the business of law is financially strapped as a result.” [Emphasis mine]
Did that penetrate your tiny brain, prospetive law student/rape victim?!?!
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school swine DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN ABOUT YOU, the student or recent graduate. The bitches and hags simply need to get their grubby hands on federal student loan money. Since you have a pulse, and an LSAT score above 143, you are their meal ticket. You are nothing more than a student loan conduit. What happens to you upon graduation is not the pigs’ concern. They got paid up front, in full.
Posted by Nando at 8:03 AM