I remember her half ass attempts to reach out to solos... by doing crap like reducing membership fees. Any amount is too much to pay for an organization that reams you like a prisoner in a group shower by shipping your bread and butter abroad. Thanks for that, Lamm! Now, with Zack, maybe the ABA is turning a new leaf. However, I must dissect what he says and evaluate the effectiveness of the ABA's potential plan:
The president of the American Bar Association, Steve Zack, told a gathering of law school deans and professors last week that the organization is considering requiring law schools to disclose cost and employment statistics to all accepted law school applicants. According to this story in the National Law Journal, Zack hopes the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division will consider the proposal in February.First, let's note that he's considering it. About 200+ Deans are about to start a campaign to make sure this doesn't happen because of all the usual reasons: it's "burdensome, inconvenient, impossible, etc." I call "bullshit." It's really bad for business to tell the truth about the legal industry. So, surely the Deans will weigh in on this issue. Let's see if this proposal survives that attack.
Secondly, for some reason, the transparency will only extend to accepted students. Why not the general public? Well, it's my guess that they efficacy of the information will be nil on students that feel "invested." There is a strange phenomenon among young lemmings. They seem to think that they are too far gone because they geared their college major towards going to law school, took Kaplan LSAT Prep Classes, and spent time and money in the application process. The sweat and money spent on the pre-law school process is a drop in the bucket compared to the 100K+ that you will sink in law school.
So, their "logic" (ha!) is--once you've applied and been accepted--it's way to late to actually consider the stats of your prospective school and turn back. I'm sure that Mr. Zack knows this, hence the truth is only offered to these students who wrongly consider themselves too invested to turn back. Brilliant. Add to that, the admitted students will be uniquely situated to keep the nasty secret as they will try their hardest not to mar the reputation of their future alma mater.
So, this is a step in the right direction, but not a big enough step. I love how law schools, the bastion of the American Legal System, are somehow exempt from common law fraud, the consumer fraud act, and the general principle of honesty. Their ship is sinking, but I'm wondering if they plan on telling the passengers.