One recent grad even went on a hunger strike on Aug. 5. "We have a new crop starting and no one's telling them anything about this," says Zenovia Evans, 28, of Denver, who uses the name "Ethan Haines" on her blog, UnemployedJD.com.
The first in her family to finish college, she says that "no one wants to say, 'Hey, career office, you failed me,' " but "I couldn't take this lying down." She says she owes more than $150,000 in loans.
Of course, because USA Today (bloody rag that it is) isn't interested in the real story, they use the statistics provided by the ABA and the NALP to write this story:
The American Bar Association, which accredits law schools, acknowledges such concerns. A report in November, noting the average student borrowed $59,324 for a public law school and $91,506 for a private one in 2007-08, cautioned prospective students to "have a clear picture of the debt they will incur and the expected earning power."
Among 2009 graduates, 88% are employed, down from 92% in 2007; they were more likely than in previous years to hold part-time or temp jobs or those not requiring a law degree, says the non-profit National Association for Law Placement. Summer job openings for second-year students, often the first step to getting hired full time, "shrank dramatically" this year, it says.I can't wait until these organizations are forced to lay out the statistics accurately. Instead of saying that students owe $91K for private law schools, they should say: 10% owe $20K or less (because they attended law school on scholarship) and 90% owe $125K+. Oh yah, and 25% of those who reported being employed are part-time or temporary workers. I have no basis for coming up with these figures except my conversations with young graduates today. However, I would venture to guess that the figures I came up with off the top of my head are more accurate than those that the NALP pulls out of its ass.
Of course, USA today has to mention "personal" responsibility:
Kelsey May, a 2010 University of Tulsa law school grad and co-author of What the L? 25 Things We Wish We'd Known Before Going to Law School, agrees law school can be tricky to navigate but says the anger is "misplaced. ... There should be some level of (personal) responsibility."It makes me think of the rape shield laws. When I was 11, I went to court with my mother on a traffic ticket. After she was found guilty, we went to the juicy court rooms and watched a few major criminal trials for the rest of the day. This is how my interest in the law began. I remember sitting in on a rape trial and the questions were as follows:
1. What were you wearing to the party?
2. Were you wearing panties? What kind?
3. Have you flirted with the defendant before?
That was before the legal system acknowledged the error in trying the victim.
Today, we put young people on trial for buying into the fraud perpetrated by law schools in their glossy brochures. Somehow, law students are responsible for buying the employment statistics at face value. Law students are victims as well. When will the Legal Industrial Complex be found liable for misleading lemmings to slaughter? It's robbery.
On a side note, my mom is a little nutty for taking me--I realize.
In short, thanks for coming out Ethan Haines a/k/a Zenovia Evans. I hope that a real reporter digs a bit deeper into your, and our, story. I also hope that your health is not compromised as a result of taking a stand against the for-profit industry--which profits off the backs of our helpless and misinformed youth!
Zenovia Evans has totally duped me and all the other scam bloggers. This is the real story: she is a pro-industry shill, who probably orchestrated this whole stunt to push her book. I'm not even going to post a link to her book, nor the name, because I don't want to contribute to any of her book sales. Let me just post this bit about her book and services so that you understand why I'm so ticked right now:
Evans desire is to “guide students through common law school scenarios and pitfalls while providing strategies for successfully exploiting the experience.” She is committed to her mission of “modernizing and diversifying the legal industry through the dissemination of information.” To further this mission, she offers custom ... packages to schools and professional entities via a sponsorship program that includes author appearances, webinars, and the creation of a custom companion guide.I feel like such a fool. She used BIDER and the other scam blogs to sell her books. I'm taking her off my blog roll, unless and until she sends me an explanation. I suspect she hasn't lost one pound in protest against the law school scam. Please, Zenovia, tell me it ain't so: firstname.lastname@example.org