Theory: The Time Was Never Better to Enroll in Law School

, The National Law Journal


Is now the ideal time to enroll in law school? An assistant dean for admissions has been making the counterintuitive case that it is. He's not the first to float the idea, but he's struck a nerve.

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  • Steven Freedman (KU Law)

    Here are the links to the three posts. The post

  • Barry

    “I think the conversation has been a bit one-sided these past few years,” Freedman said in an interview. “I’m trying to get people to take notice and focus on the data I’m presenting. I think the data is pretty convincing.”

    Note that he‘s lying here. There‘s a very, very small movement telling the truth, and thousand of professors, deans, guidance counselors, and millions of parents, all urging people to go to law school.

    In addition, Mr. Freedman has been saying this for several years now. He‘s been wrong every single time, and hasn‘t given any reason for being trustworthy now.

  • Barry

    Why is Professor Tamanaha‘s picture on this article?

    Why did you not link to the original posts, so that your readers could easily find them?

    "If the number of bar passage-required jobs grows by 3 percent per year beginning in 2013, there actually would be more available jobs than law graduates, he concluded."

    What is the historical rate of growth?

  • Morad Noury

    I agree with Tamanaha and others of the same opinion. The job market for law school graduates doesn‘t show tendencies for improvement.
    Those who are advertising for admissions are singing songs about great perspectives for future job opportunities as they are merely interested in bringing as much money to their schools from prospective students as possible and, I dare to think, without much worrying about if then their graduates have really good choice of getting jobs in the field of law.
    Hope, prospective students are smart enough to tell the difference between soft sang fairy tails and realities, current and near future, of the job market.

  • The nation does not need any more lawyers, Ms. Sloan. There‘s a glut of them as is, along with far too many lawsuits. We should be closing law schools down, not opening more, often at taxpayer expense.

    -Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

  • Steve Graves

    My own suspicion is that in 2017 many of the starving sole practitioners left over from previous class years will still be starving and more than happy to take up the slack. It‘s never been easy for a new lawyer without means or connections to establish himself or herself. Though I‘m now an old lawyer who eventually prospered, I started out broke and stayed that way for many years. If you have youth, brains and energy and no particular passion for the law, do yourself a favor and bet on medicine or business instead.

  • Does this take into account the standing pool of young attorneys who do not have a legal job currently who will also be competing for those projected jobs in 2017? It is sad to think that those who graduated earlier will not be considered and who have been disregarded so quickly as non-contenders.

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