So, we've got the following themes covered:
- Lawyers are narcissists. The reason why they do not heed our advise is because they always say, "That may have been what happened to you, but I will work harder and that won't happen to me." or "Somehow, I'm different, better, smarter than you are--so I will find a job." They are such narcissists that individual law students are willing to say that people who are similarly situated will end up in a vastly different position than themselves. This is an irrational, pompous attitude--that has no relation to real life. If you jump of a bridge and die, can I expect to fly if I do the same thing?
- The Educational Industrial Complex pays for newspaper articles and reputable press such as "Market Watch" publish these articles without so much as a disclaimer. Kaplan is not a law school expert--but a profiteer of college graduates' misfortunes. They perch like eagles outside of college graduation ceremonies and offer students who majored in enjoyable, but useless, topics like literature and sociology a "great way to become marketable." Hogwash. I wouldn't trust an article put out by Pro-Lifers about how happy mothers are to have had a baby. Nor would I believe the accuracy of an article put out by NOW about how women who choice to have an abortion were so much better off without a child. The irony is, if a reputable publication decided to put out one of the above articles, it would lose its' credibility. It would be considered one-sided. But somehow, the Educational Industrial Complex is given different treatment. It's okay to put out lies that fool the most vulnerable of our society, the young, into being shackled with a lifetime of debt. Look at this prize quote: "If given the choice of submitting as part of their law school application a perfect 180 on the LSAT, a perfect 4.0 GPA or a letter of recommendation from a Supreme Court justice, 80% would opt for a perfect LSAT score." This can also be read as follow: "Take Kaplan so you can score a perfect LSAT score." Or, it can read as follows: "You can still go to law school although you had nothing close to a perfect GPA." OR, "You can be a no one and know nobody and go to great law school." BULL! You must have an excellent GPA, a great LSAT and know someone of importance in the legal industry to make it as a lawyer. Anything short of that, will park you in your parents' basement until you're 35.
- Most pro-law school press has no real facts regarding the legal industry. This article is filled with great little tidbits of hope for future law students that causes them to heard into TTThird TTTier TTToilets like cattle such as: "Pre-law students' attitudes are in keeping with research showing that students aged 18-29 are more optimistic about their economic future -- despite a sluggish job market -- than past generations." It also states: "52% report that they are 'very confident' that they will find a job in the legal field after graduating law school and passing the bar..." Of course, what the article fails to state, which seems to be standard modus operandi, is what the reality of the legal job market is. It even alludes to finding a non-legal job. Why aren't there any cold and hard numbers relating to the post-law school job search instead of what a bunch of lemmings think, feel and hope. Am I the only person that finds it ironic that people would attend law school to not work in the law? Would I go through the trouble of medical school to be in HR?