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Law schools have taken a lot of heat from debt-ridden grads who can't find jobs.

Are law grads playing the blame game with their alma maters?

We’ve had all sorts of posts on this blog from folks upset with their choice of going to law school. Several have posited that the schools are at fault for their troubles — either by not warning them about a saturated job market or by enticing them to take on hefty student loan debt with little prospect of paying it back.

But are the schools really to blame, or is this just a case of buyer’s remorse? 

Check out Heather Diersen’s post today on this topic over at JDs Rising — “Dear Law School, It is all your fault. Love, Recent Grads.”

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  1. The law schools are to blame for publishing misleading at best if not intentionally fraudulent employment statistics. Almost all of them claim that 95% of their graduates find work after law school. However, that number almost has to include people working outside of the legal profession and working poverty wage jobs, or it only counts respondents to employment surveys who are likely to be happily employed.

    In contrast, I have conducted an informal back-of-the-envelop study which uses ABA stats and Bureau of Labor Statistic stats to estimate that fewer than 30% of all law school graduates from the past 10 years were able to find work in the legal profession. See:

    http://flustercucked.blogspot.com/2010/07/statistics-may-suggest-less-than-30-of.html

    http://flustercucked.blogspot.com/2010/07/statistics-suggest-that-only-538-of-all.html

    http://flustercucked.blogspot.com/2010/07/40-years-of-lawyer-overproduction-data.html

    Furthermore, the ABA is to blame for continuing to accredit new law schools and Congress is to blame for failing to allow student loan debt to be dischargeable in bankruptcy, which would force student loan peddlers to be more careful about lending (if not reluctant to lend) to law students. Free market forces and their negative feedback loops have been almost completely removed from higher education.

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