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Monday, February 6, 2012

Campos: The Law School Crisis, in 25 Words or Less

Paul Campos (Colorado), 25 Words or Less:

The law school crisis, in 25 words or less: Half of all current law students aren't going to have real legal careers at all, and more than half of the remainder aren't going to make enough money as lawyers to justify the combination of educational debt and opportunity costs they incurred while becoming lawyers.  (OK that's more than 25 words but still not bad for an academic).

Of course these extraordinarily grim figures will affect different law schools in very different ways: at the top schools "only" 20% to 30% of their graduates, perhaps, will end up in dire straits, while at the typical law school the figure will be more like 80%-90%.  But it's already gotten bad enough that even the Harvards of the world are starting to notice. And that, in its own perverse way, is real progress.

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Paul Campos in 25 words or less:

Fabricate sensationalist claims based on no data.

Bask in the media attention and feel noble and important.

Sadistically rejoice in tweaking your colleagues.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 6, 2012 6:48:22 AM

In my mind, thats a statement of the obvious.

Posted by: Prof D | Feb 6, 2012 6:52:11 AM

no, it's being a master the obvious (O.M. - obviouscum masteristum)

Posted by: tax guy | Feb 6, 2012 8:19:35 PM

Lawyers don't like competition.

Posted by: J.C. | Feb 22, 2012 9:57:07 AM