Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Legal Academics Weigh In

"More than 50% of graduates aren't making a living - Study,"  by Jacob Gershman (Wall Street Journal)

Nothing loyal bloggers didn't already know, except now put into a serious academic study!



A good article about the tremendous number of "fees" with happy sounding names (who wouldn't want to pay a few extra bucks for "academic success"!) that are being added on to the tuition bill at check out time.

Read more here:

"Goldilocks and Legal Education," by Luke Bierman (Huffington Post)

Money Quote: "If three years is too long, and two years is too short, maybe two-and-a half years is just right."

Luke Bierman is the "Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Law Professor, Northeastern University School of Law"


Money Quote: "Last month, a notable group of legal educators who call themselves the Coalition of Concerned Colleagues released a letter declaring that law schools have spewed forth more graduates than the legal market can absorb, resulting in rising unemployment among young lawyers, who cannot pay off colossal student loans....The CCC letter similarly argues that legal education should be less expensive and less uniform, which sounds fine in the abstract. But in the details, the proposed fixes will make the crisis worse than ever."


"Law School is a Sham," by Steven J. Harper (Salon)

Mr. Harper stays on his virtual book tour drumming up interest in our cause.


  1. Paul Campos mentioned:

    1. Stop mooching off of your 'rents, Roachie.

      GO AWAY.

    2. Put a bullet through your head, Mr. Infinity.

    3. Hm, no, I don't think so. Why would I do that? YOU'RE the one who is the biggest failure in history.

  2. Luke Bierman! Not his first trip to the scamming rodeo! Welcome back, sir!

  3. Goldilocks and Legal Education? Really.

    Using a children's fairy tale to analyze a situation like this confirms the legal academy's unwillingness to face reality and accept any responsibility for what it has, in large part, wrought. It's glib. The following quote speaks volumes:

    "This [a 2 1/2-year law school track] means our students would be able to complete their professional preparation faster, getting them into work situations more quickly."

    As if the length of law school was in any way an impediment to getting into "a work situation."

    The impediments to "getting into a work situation" are (a) the relative dearth of work situations, and (b)the fact that there have been a never-ending, and for many years, an increasing flow of persons seeking available work situations.

    The jobs ain't there now. And when/if they ever rebound, they'll be less plentiful and profitable than before. Shuttering many law schools and drastically reducing enrollments of the remaining ones are the only possible salvation ... and these will take a generation to work any correction. Getting students out of law school quicker and into the competition for 'work situations' is a shortsighted enrollment-enhancing scheme, which is quite possibly cruel in its results to students.

    Kids, put down 'Goldilocks' and check out 'Hansel and Gretel' and get a look at "The Emperor's New Clothes."