Hello everyone! This is my first post in about two months. Sorry to abandon you. I'll try to get back to regular news updates again now that my kids are back in school. For the past month, I've been making sure my kids were prepared for their fall placement exams in math (which they aced.) My personal belief is that many young people are effectively funneled into law school because way, way back at some point the ball was dropped on math and their career options were cut off as a result. As insightfully stated by Adam B., making a difference with the law school is a long-term game. So, if you know any young people thinking about law as a career, gently point them to a scam blog and offer to help tutor them in math instead. :)
Here's some stories you might have missed:
"Is part-time work the new normal? For many, full-time work still hard to find," by Frank Witsil (Detroit Free Press, September 2, 2013)
Money Quote #1: "To make ends meet, newly minted attorney Scott Neal is working three part-time jobs. He's practicing law in a Birmingham firm, keeping tabs on the North Oakland Family YMCA as a building supervisor and trimming trees."
Money Quote #2: "'My parents are pressuring me to get a full-time job, even if it's not in law,' said Neal, who lives with his parents in Lake Orion."
Money Quote #3: "Derrick George, the attorney who hired Neal, runs his own firm and a company that sells energy shots, On Go Energy."
Go to law school, run around from part time job to part time job, take energy shots to stay awake, sell energy shots to your friends, crash with your parents.
"Concordia University Law School in Boise sees drop in first-year enrollment," by The Associated Press (August 31, 2013)
Money Quote: "Officials at Portland, Oregon-based Concordia University say enrollment of first-year law students in Boise is down 40 percent from law year."
"Amid crisis in legal profession, two-year law schools have merit," by Boston Globe Editorial (August 30, 2013)
Money Quote: "A massive market failure."
Money Quote: "A recent graduate of the University of Missouri law school, Rita Florez says a third year of classes is 'like watching paint dry' after two years of course work. 'You get to 3L and you're just like, why I am here? she said."
"Why I am here?" That's a question to ask before you enroll.
"Awash in lawyers, why not close UConn law school?" by Norm Pattis (The Register Citizen, August 28, 2013)
Money Quote: "We've too many of the wrong kind of lawyers. I say, let's close a law school. Why not start with the University of Connecticut? It is, after all, the only law school in the state beholden to state taxpayers."