Yesterday one Lawrence E. Mitchell, Dean of Case Western Reserve Law School, published an Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled “Law School is Worth the Money.” It’s pretty funny.
Amongst the gems contained therein:
- People shouldn’t be so upset about the bad job market – in which only 50% of new graduates are able to get jobs in law firms – because it’s only 9% worse than the worst market in recent memory. (Oh, well, when you put it that way, of course it’s an excellent use of hundreds of thousands of dollars!)
- On the subject of that 50% figure, the “focus on first jobs is misplaced,” because law schools are educating people for “40-50 year careers.” (HA. Good luck having a 50 year career in the law if you can’t get a first job in it within a few years of graduation. Law school teaches you nothing about legal practice, and that J.D. credential becomes stale right quick.)
- Law school is an awesome investment because “Many graduates will find that their legal educations give them the skills to find rich and rewarding lives in business, politics, government, finance, the nonprofit sector, the arts, education and more.” (I’m sorry, did he actually say that students should drop off a six figure sum with his law school on their way to careers in the arts? That is messed up, yo.)
- That the “thousands of students” who have been discouraged from attending law school will be unable to find fulfilling careers elsewhere, because “[t]hey’re not all going to be doctors or investment bankers.” (Guess what, dude? They’re not all going to be lawyers, either, even if they graduate from law school.)
To our vulnerable young readers, who might be considering law school: Put down the Op-Ed, and back away slowly. Dean Mitchell wants your money. Do not take his advice. For more on why, see here, here, and here.