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Debate: Are Law Students Well Prepared for the Job Market?

Our friends Carolyn Wise and Brian Dalton at Vault.com had an interesting (if unintentional) debate this week about the preparedness of law school grads for the legal job market. We’ve re-posted with their permission.

Carolyn Wise:

Law students took a beating in a recent Chicago Lawyer roundtable of law school deans. It should come as no surprise that, because of the economy, students and soon-to-be graduates are having a ton of trouble finding legal jobs. To help, schools have started reaching out and looking into how to make their students better employees and, by extension, better candidates.

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Law School Debt and the American Dream

I’m currently about 14k in the hole with student loans, which isn’t too bad, as far as such things go. It sucks to have to drop $200 every month, but I’m pretty sure there are about a billion people in China who don’t really give a crap, if you feel me. It’s like a really small albatross lightly gripping my neck.
If you go to law school, and you don’t get some financial aid, you can reasonably expect to graduate with about ten times that debt. It’s a scary thought, mildly assuaged by the idea that you’ll have access to a higher-salaried job market then the rest of us plebes. But still, I understand that it’s a little scary.
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Ave Maria and Law School Transparency

So, remember a while back when that chick was doing the whole hunger strike thing because she went to a fourth-tier law school and was under-employed? That was all for the purpose of something called law school transparency, which is basically a three-fold idea:

1. There aren’t as many law jobs as there were.
2. Law schools are saying that most of their graduates are finding employment.
3. These two don’t correlate.

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Five Reasons to Get a Law Degree Despite the Economic Apocalypse

There is an awful lot of fear mongering out there right now- a record number of people taking the LSAT, more competition for increasingly expensive law school seats, and even unemployed law graduates going on hunger strikes. It’s enough to make a pre-law wonder, ”Is law school worth it?” Here are five reasons law school is a worthy investment during the economic apocalypse. 1. Law School Takes 3 Years: A lot can happen in three years. Just think of all that has happened in the last 3- Obama was elected, Justin Bieber was born, roughly 14 vampires movies were made. Yes, it’s not the best job market for law grads, but professional jobs are recovering faster than most. It’s still too early to say when the economy will fully recover, but legal careers are certainly not among the most threatened. Those taking the LSAT, applying, or starting law school this fall need not worry about the job market being as difficult as it is now.

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What if You Don’t Want to be a Lawyer?

What if you go to law school and decide that being a lawyer sounds about as pleasant as cleaning your fingernails with a bamboo shoot? A few weeks ago, Vault asked that question on their blog and got a couple of responses from lawyers who basically went that route: didn’t really know what they wanted to do out of college and went to law school. While the sample only includes two lawyers who went on to do work in publishing, this is an educational moment for all would-be lawyers out there. Everyone should prepare themselves for the idea that they might not enjoy large swaths of what they learn (and learn to do) in law school. Most of you are not wildly familiar with what law school entails, and it’s perfectly natural that aspects of it might not be what you want to do.

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Don’t Have a Job? Go on a Hunger Strike!

Remember the good old days, when people would go on hunger strikes to promote good causes, or to actually evoke change, or to do away with stretch marks? Gandhi. The Tibetans. Various dissidents throughout history. Ah yes, those were the days.

Well, it appears the degeneration of our society has struck again!

Zenovia Evans, a 28 year old law school graduate, has begun a hunger strike ostensibly to increase law school transparency about the job market for recently graduated students. One could surmise that the actual reason is something closer to “because she doesn’t have a job.”

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Sucky LSAT and GPA Numbers? Rethink Your Plans

Ann Levine of US News dropped anvils of knowledge on unsuspecting potential law students this week.

In her piece on the US News blog on Monday, Levine asked the question, “Can You Really Go to Law School?” and answered it with a resounding “Sort of, as long as you enjoy Puerto Rico.”

“Just wanting to go isn’t enough,” Levine writes. “Be honest with yourself. Do you really have a chance to get into the law schools you want, or even to get in anywhere?”

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The LSAT in a Globalized World

I received a tweet from one of our many millions of twitter followers the other day, asking me what I thought of the Economist story about the rise of globalization and its effect on the legal industry and what it meant for the LSAT. Because it will take me 140 characters just to write the

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NY Times: Law School Grade Inflation and What it Means

We (and by “we” I mean “Colin”) reported a while ago that Loyola Law School was in the process of artificially inflating its grades to ostensibly put Loyola grads on a more even playing field than they had been previously (apparently Loyola averaged grades to a mean that was far below the mean at other schools). We posited that, instead, the powers that be at Loyola were actually looking to give their students a better chance at employment survival in the face of a broken economy. Because we like to take advantage of any time we can appeal to authority while also flexing our confirmation bias, The Paper of Record has given us a little validation.