Thursday, February 2, 2012

It's the Soup Line All Over Again

Recently, there have been a number of articles about how law schools have inflated their GPA and employment rates to entice new law students to come to their institutions and now a class action has been filed against a number of these law schools to recoup some of those "ill gotten" gains (see Another Shoe Drops; to view complaints filed against law schools, see Law Offices of David Anziska).  Hey, there's big business in the law school business.  When I went to law school (Western State University College of Law; 1990-'93), I started school paying $379 a unit and when I graduated, the cost per unit was about $412.  I hear it's upwards of $750 a unit, now.

While law school was sure a bear, not having a job lined up (or even have any reasonable prospects) when you finally get out of law school can be even harder to stomach.  For those law students who are now realizing that their law school may not have been totally forthright when it told them that if they forked over their $50,000 a year and passed the bar exam that they would easily be making 6-figure incomes, might I suggest you head over to your local county law library and take a look at What Can You Do With a Law Degree?  a lawyers guide to career alternatives inside, outside & around the law (Niche Press), Non-Legal Careers for Attorneys (ABA), America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree: and how to make the most of any job, no matter where it is! (West), 50 Unique Legal Paths: how to find the right job (ABA), and Better Resumes for Executives & Professionals (Barrons).

So if you've got that JD (or other professional degree) and you find yourself in the proverbial soup line, know that the good folks at your local county law library have just what you need to help get you on your feet.