Law students angry over the false promise of law school

November 1, 2010 During the recession law school increased in popularity, with the number of LSAT takers climbing 20.5 per cent between 2007 and 2009, and law schools seeing more applications than ever before.

But now many current or recent law school graduates find themselves underemployed or unemployed, saddled with a large debt, and three years older. Many of these law students are angry, claiming that the schools they attended lured them into spending considerable time and money attaining a degree that is essentially useless in the current job market.

Large firms slashed their associate programs in 2009 and 2010, rescinding offers to thousands and deferring the start dates of thousands more. Meanwhile, the profession as a whole has shrunk: the number of people employed in legal services hit an all-time high of 1.196 million in June 2007. It currently stands at 1.103 million, representing a drop about 7.8 percent.


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