Starving Lawyers - A Blog for Principals and Teachers - School Matters | A Blog for Principals and Teachers – School Matters

 
 

Starving Lawyers

 
 

 

 

iStock 000019090723XSmall 150x150 Starving LawyersI know it’s hard to work up sympathy for lawyers, but bear with me. For the news of the past few weeks has Mercedes and BMW dealers across the country worried as well. It seems that a law school degree will not guarantee that purchase of a shiny new luxury car upon graduation. In fact, only half of law school graduates will actually land jobs.

So what do lawyers do when they cannot find a job? You guessed it, they sue! An article in the March 16th Guardian reported of such a suit filed in a New York court, and asked:

Are law schools misleading potential students about the value of a JD (professional doctorate in law)? That’s the argument that a handful of New York-based law grads from New York Law School, Hofstra and Brooklyn Law are making in a New York state court. They claim that the schools fudge postgraduate employment rates. They cite one school claiming that 90% of students are employed after graduation, when according to the complaints, only 40% have jobs that require a law degree and a number of students work in temporary jobs at the law school itself, which boots employment numbers.

 

A June article in the Wall Street Journal reported of more than a dozen lawsuits that have been filed recently across the county alleging that some schools misled students with grossly inflated job-placement statistics.

Aspiring lawyers in Canada seem to have similar difficulties. A CBS report noted that the Law Society of Upper Canada estimates one in seven law graduates will not secure practical training next year. That is despite the fact that articling is necessary for law students if they want to practice in Ontario.

Fueling the anger is the fact that a law degree requires an investment of well over $100,000, often accessed through student loans and paid back with interest. The Guardian article concludes that:

most students aren’t going to throw six-figure loans at an institution that purports to train future lawyers but where the odds of ending up using their degrees, or being able to pay back their loans after graduation, are slim.

Of course, law school is not the only option open to college graduates. Statistics from various business schools, for example, while not quite as detailed, do paint a rosier picture. That said, the above issues have led many to question the obsession Western culture has with a college education.

A July 22nd NY Times article featured the “20 under 20” Thiel Fellowship, a $100,000 grant which allows promising young inventors to develop their unique ideas. Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley investor, believes more young people should be chasing breakthrough technologies instead of wasting their time and money in college. “You increasingly have people who are graduating from college, not being able to get good jobs, moving back home with their parents,” Mr. Thiel said. “I think there’s a surprising openness to the idea that something’s gone badly wrong and needs to be fixed.”

Clearly, most high school graduates are not going to qualify for 100 grand gifts to follow their dreams. And, for most, a college degree is still the safest and surest guarantor of future success. However, it would behoove the elementary and high school educators of the 21st century to explore avenues of success that do not necessarily pass through the ivy towers. Finding ways to tap into the immense creative energy found in our students is the key to our future.

Share and Enjoy:
  • twitter Starving Lawyers
  • linkedin Starving Lawyers
  • facebook Starving Lawyers
  • googlebookmark Starving Lawyers
 

No comments

Be the first one to leave a comment.

Post a Comment


 

Educators Calendar Events

Featured Posts

The  SAT Controversy

The SAT Controversy

The news that the SAT’s will be modified to more appropriately accord with today’s high school academic experience has been met with both strong approval...

 
Charter Schools:  Bipartisanship Rises Up in Washington DC!

Charter Schools: Bipartisanship Rises Up in Washington DC!

 I was pleased to join Minnesota Congressman John Kline, chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, as he announced new federal charter schools legislation...

 
Flipped Classrooms: Educational Revolution or Unrealistic Mistake?

Flipped Classrooms: Educational Revolution or Unrealistic Mistake?

  Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor Rossler discusses the flipped classroom. This style of teaching reverses the order in which learning and lessons are shaped....

 
Eliminating Racial Inequality in our Schools

Eliminating Racial Inequality in our Schools

 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their...

 
Video: Inquiry-Based Learning vs. Direct Learning

Video: Inquiry-Based Learning vs. Direct Learning

  Should teachers serve primarily as presenters of predetermined material or facilitators of student-initiated learning? Hertz Furniture video blogger Mor...

 
Announcing the Launch of Hertz Furniture’s Educators’ Calendar of Events!

Announcing the Launch of Hertz Furniture’s Educators’ Calendar of Events!

If there is one universal fact of life for all teachers, it is this: teachers are busy! The list of daily tasks is seemingly infinite: marking papers, planning...

 
Charter School Growth for 2013-14: Celebration and Caution

Charter School Growth for 2013-14: Celebration and Caution

Guest Blogger: Ember Reichgott Junge The new numbers on growth of charter schools over the last year exceeded even my expectations.  The National Alliance...

 
Just Google it! Education in 2014

Just Google it! Education in 2014

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” – Mark Twain Do grades matter anymore? According to one of the most influential companies...

 
A Modest Proposal: Pump Up the Homework*

A Modest Proposal: Pump Up the Homework*

America is in a state of crisis. It isn’t what you think. Yes, the country is polarized politically, and congress is earning some of the lowest approval ratings...

 
Open Door Policy? The Teachers Room and School Culture

Open Door Policy? The Teachers Room and School Culture

You can feel it the moment you walk into the building. Every school exudes a certain aura, an overall mood: it is the school’s culture. Some schools are warm...