Poor Journalism: Not Reflecting the True Face of the Legal Industry

Please let me know how one company hiring four recent law graduates is a sign of good news when TENS of THOUSANDS of recent and older lawyers are unemployed, underemployed, not working in the legal field at all? How is this great news, the number of people hired you can count on one hand and still have room. This appears to be moreso a press release for Hewlett-Packard than an actual article. The piece discusses hiring the recent law graduates as in-house attorneys making nearly what they would as first year associates at BigLaw but actually gaining practical legal skills. “The new lawyers will learn substantive law, litigation skills and business acumen, HP leaders say. But most important, they’ll learn those things from the client’s point of view.”

 

O.k., it’s great that a company seized an opportunity to make attorneys work for the money while benefitting the corporation, but really how does hiring 4 graduates give hope to the masses of Sallie Mae indebted, near homeless, caught in the sweeping tide of one of the worst recessions in this country? “We saw an opportunity when the recession hit,” said Deputy General Counsel Gabriel Buigas, who helped develop the program. “We could actually go and recruit people on an equal footing with a law firm and we could probably do a better job internally in training them.”                  

“He likens HP’s training program to the apprenticeships recently created by big firms like Howrey, Orrick, Drinker Biddle & Reath and others.”

Press release for Hewlett-Packard and free advertisement for the three firms mentioned in my previous post concerning the apprenticeship model: https://lifesmockery.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/an-article-and-the-idea-of-law-practice-reform/]

Here’s the actual article: Law.com – HP Decides to Hire, Train Fresh Law School Graduates, June 21, 2010. Notice in both articles there’s doubt whether the apprenticeship model for newly minted lawyers will be the new trend among companies and firms. Thus, it will not, as now, benefit the majority of attorneys in the future.

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2 Comments »

  1. unperson Said:

    corporate media always gotta hype the horatio alger nonsense

  2. Nando Said:

    Did you see my latest post on the number of grads for the law school Class of 2009?

    http://nalp.org/uploads/NatlSummaryChartClassof09.pdf

    You can see that NALP reports there were exactly 44,000 JDs pumped out – and there were only 28,901 jobs reported where bar passage was required!! But the lemmings still believe that the industry is not producing too many lawyers. And these people think that they are “critical thinkers”?!


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