In most areas of business and life, there need to be several points of failure rather than just one. In my current field, systems redundancy is the name of the game. There always needs to be a Plan B in case someone leaves the company, goes on vacation or takes a new job. Law schools are very good at presenting an illusion of the law degree as one that creates more options for graduates' careers. As the last three years of this website has shown you, that is a horrible lie. Law school reduces your career choices to just one.
The "JD Advantage" is a myth and part of the illusion being peddled by law schools today. Law schools tell students that JD Advantage jobs include such luminous roles as corporate executive, politician, and of course, law professor. In fact, the University of Chicago has a whole page telling prospective students how they can join the ranks of Legal academia. The truth is not so rosy. Most solo attorneys are not solo by choice. Do you want to know why so many new grads go solo? It's because they can't even get hired as paralegals. With law professors content to teach only the most obscure and arcane areas of law, the new graduate is ill equipped to even handle a speeding ticket. But law professors will not stoop to teaching such base and simple procedures unless forced. As long as pompous law professors are prowling the halls of law schools, students will remain a audience for their egos and passion projects. There is simply no reward, just risk.
Law schools know that the education they provide reduce students' options, which is why they engage in as much chicanery as they can get away with. Even with the new ABA disclosure requirements, many schools still massage employment data to the extent that it is useless as a tool for making an informed decision. But law schools can see the writing on the wall. That's why practice ready curriculums are the hot new thing. Law professors have no desire to teach their students how to be actual lawyers. Changing law school to make students "practice ready" will strip away the allure and mystique of law schools and reveal the administrators and professors as the charlatans they are. Once students see that most law practice is little more than a trade, like plumbing, they will not tolerate being taught only impractical and useless nonsense. Let's all work together to make that day arrive sooner rather than later.