Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Deans Chemerinsky, Peñalver & Rodriguez: Innovation, Skills, And The Future Of Legal Education

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Chemerinsky argues that "if law schools were not preparing law students for law firms, for government positions, or for public interest posts, the profession would demand much more change in law school than what has occurred."

Oh, you mean like how there are fewer FT/LT/license-required jobs available today than in the depths of the Great Recession? How real dollar median starting salaries are still down ~20% from the Class of 2008? How clients increasingly refuse to pay for the work of first, second, and third year associates? How law school grads sport an ~8% unemployment rate ten months after graduation when the national unemployment rate is under 4%? At the law school he more or less forced into existence, UC Irvine, the unemployment rate ten months after graduation for the most recent class is a hair over 10% (10 of 96 grads). Again, the national unemployment rate for a population wherein not even 2 in 5 people has any sort of college degree is like 3.7%.

To be brutally honest, by his public profiles Chemerinsky doesn't appear to have had much (if any) direct contact with the practice of law outside academia since about 1980. Why should we presume his expertise in the state of the legal hiring market in 2018?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Nov 6, 2018 9:22:31 AM