In the News: More law graduates left to graze in a desert

The Demise of the Legal Profession

On January 6, 2011 an article entitled: “Are Law Schools doing enough to boost students’ overall professional development?” discussed how law schools are producing inadequately equipped law graduates to navigate the real world of the legal industry. Just as this article in the Huffington Post: For Law School Graduates, Debts If Not Job Offers, January 9, 2011 mentions the frustration as law graduates realize the financial trap they were lured into, I do not think that author emphasized enough the long term impact on their lives though it mentions a “holistic” approach towards teaching law graduates:

“The perceived under-emphasis by law schools on preparing their students holistically for a career as a lawyer could tie in with recent allegations that these schools are failing to provide employment to a large section of their grads. Many unemployed law graduates have been venting their frustration and angst in blogosphere and the 2010 case of a blogger who went on self-professed hunger strike demanding reforms and greater transparency in US law schools received widespread attention.

The specter of unemployment is unlikely to vanish soon, for as the American Bar Association pointed out in a memo as early as end-2009, “many members of the class of 2010 and 2011 may graduate without a job, and those who are lucky enough to find employment likely will collectively have lower salaries than their predecessors.” [they cannot help but admit the truth now that the protest against the oversupply of lawyers is becoming louder. This does not even address those graduates who are in between jobs or never found employment in the legal field who graduated years before the 2010 and 2011 classes].

Even if one argues that the challenges over unemployment have more to do with the economy and less with the quality of legal education, at a time when the industry in the US is clearly facing an oversupply of skilled professionals, the LSSSE report could provide useful information to schools about how to devise and encourage student participation in effective educational activities that create differentiation and hence, enhance their professional prospects in the long run.” [or a common sense approach is to regulate the ABA and law schools so that another decade or so there isn’t another oversupply of attorneys as you just admitted].

Well, as we’ve been saying the legal profession has met its demise in the United States. Yet, you are still thinking of attending law school, especially in the downward spiral of abyss we call the U.S. economy. Before you do, you are warned to read these blogs and reflect on your current life situation.

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