Another Law School to Open = Another tragedy

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Good day, today we report that Boise, Idaho will open it’s first new law school in 2011. Because what’s better than opening a law school,  getting more Americans in excessive debt with the high risk of little or no ability to repay it and have a decent standard of living or quality of life.  Boise’s first law school set to open in 2011 | Idaho News from KTVB.COM | Boise news, Idaho weather, sports, traffic & events | Home June 23, 2010.

BOISE — A new law school coming to the heart of downtown Boise had its official ground breaking Tuesday…Some people say the law school is long overdue. Potential deans and law professors waiting to make a financial free fall from the estimated costs of the school via subsidized student loans, contracts and endowments.

I think the picture in the news caption is so fitting. A man or woman burying his future by going to law school. You will be looked upon as dirt by elitist and family members who wonder why you won’t be working as apologists for the legal industry continue to shovel false hope down the publics throat. Now that’s what I call symbolism.

“The new dean of the law school, Cathy Silak says after surveying more than 40 sites, the Portland-based Lutheran univerity decided to open their first campus in downtown Boise.” Not sure why one university in one state is opening a law school in another. Maybe this will start the true trend of McLaw; franchising, where one university opens multiple law schools in different states for the cheapest real estate and biggest financial returns. Maybe I shouldn’t give the proponents of the legal industry any more ideas.

Mayor Bieter says this addition to downtown will not only be advantageous to potential law students, but to the community as a whole.  In fact Mayor Bieter says Boise is one of the largest urban areas without a law school. It does not necessarily mean that it should have a law school; but why not jump into the big business of lawyer making. One can just read the cookie-cutter recipe posted before the legal industry conveyer belt:  unwitting 0Ls, application fee, LSAT fee, tuition (with increase), Sallie Mae helping to deliver them into the hands of financial aid officers, law professors, law school deans and the real world of unemployment. Here’s the U.S. economic stress map, look at the entire state of Idaho, though Boise which is located in Ada County had an 8.5% overall rating [Associated Press Interactive: AP Economic Stress Index], imagine in three years additional concentration of lawyers will likely do to the unemployment rate, state budget and welfare system.

“It just bolsters everything around it. its added jobs, more economic activity and its a presence thats important to the future of our city.”  says Bieter. [sic] [emphasist mine] Yes, added jobs, but not for the law graduates who will leave the halls of this institution of higher education and actually contributed to the temporary economic boost in the local economy to begin with.

Concordia isn’t the only university with its sights set on Boise. The University of Idaho is also working on bringing part of it’s law school to the Treasure Valley. Wait, the State of Idaho does have a law school which plans to expand in Boise but the article makes it appear that The University of Idaho will simply open up something new there; see [College of Law in Boise] wonder if there was a bidding war or University of Idaho School of Law just didn’t have the Boise metropolitan area in its sight. So the mayor encourages the construction of a law school specifically in Boise, because the city didn’t have any, but now they’re going to have two, how about three or four, there’s no end to the madness. Here’s the College of Law in Boise justification:

 Lawyers serve the state in many ways including economic development. Idaho has a growing need for legal expertise to support a growing economy, the administration of criminal and civil justice, and the services needed by Idaho families. At the same time, legal education is changing due to globalization, specialization, rising demand for practice-ready graduates, and increased use of law degrees in business and other occupations. Law school is no longer simply a gateway to the practice of law. Yes, developing the local economy of the state and industry itself without the necessary financial benefit whose back the industry depends on. Rising demand? Maybe, for slave labor. Seriously, have they no idea of the oversaturation of the legal job market, none whatsoever? These are your job prospects: http://boise.craigslist.org/lgl/, notice most aren’t even advertising length of employment or what the actual pay the firm is offering.

 “The eight-year span (Fiscal Year 2009 to FY 2017) of this implementation plan and budget projection reflects a careful, conservative estimate of a realistically expeditious time frame for developing the academic program and the statewide student enrollment while maintaining our commitment to quality. After FY17, the stable level of student enrollment and the programmatic advantages of the two-location operation are expected to make the law school increasingly attractive and even more selective and competitive.” Our law school won’t have it together until 2017, meanwhile you will mortgage your lives while being our guinea pigs to see if our programs work out.

Now back to you.

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7 Comments »

  1. I’ve been accepted to 5 ABA schools and applied to Concordia’s Law School because the state of Idaho is close to my spouse’s home state. Essentially it was just an option incase something happened to her family. I got a rejection letter from these idiots…A TWO SENTENCE REJECTION LETTER! 3 of the ABA schools I have been accepted to aren’t that great but 2 of them are in the top 100…no b.s. Take this post how you want, but everything above is the truth, I merely want to warn people that get accepted to this NON-ABA school that sends out two sentence rejection letters that there has got to be something up with Concordia.

  2. Anonymous Said:

    This is absolutely revolting.

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      I think you want to blog. LOL.

  3. Nando Said:

    Spot on analysis, LM! “McLaw”? Instant classic. There is NO REASON why this area needs one law school, let alone two. The state simply cannot take on 200-300 extra lawyers per year. This is madness! Why not build 5 law schools in Wyoming, 3 in Alaska and 4 in Montana?! Hell, let’s add one in Sioux Falls, South Dakota while we are at it.

    What is sad and pathetic is that plenty of working adults and desperate/delusional lemmings will be attracted to these diploma mills. And, all you apparently need to gain ABA accreditation is a running phone line, a computer, a printer, some couches, and a few bookshelves.

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      You basically described the lobby of an undergraduate dorm room with the inventory list….people are so desparate that they become delusional, which feeds false hope.

  4. JD Victim Said:

    Completely insane to open a new LS when they should be closing some! Even Abramoff, with all of his connections, can’t get a decent job–alas, money is money: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jxP4IbBBgsSi9781GvIje8ckTSWAD9GGK9T00

  5. JD Underdog Said:

    Potato Law –great! (sigh)


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