With many graduates struggling to find jobs, the Law Center has announced that it is extending its program, giving stipends to graduates participating in internships for public interest organizations.
The program provides students with $4,000 so that they can participate in law-related volunteer programs, according to Barbara Moulton, assistant dean of the Office of Public Interest and Community Service at the Law Center. Started this summer, the program has now been extended for three more months in order to aid graduates still unable to find jobs.
The program is not advertised on the Law Center’s website, but has been announced to Law School students via an email. Currently it is only available to members of the Class of 2010 who are unemployed.
OPICS will only distribute the stipends to students whose internships with the volunteer organizations last for at least three months. The graduate must also continue to look for permanent employment in order to receive the stipend.
The program comes at a bleak time for law school graduates: While 88 percent of law school graduates of the Class of 2009 were employed by May 2010, 25 percent of the jobs reported are temporary, according to The National Association for Legal Career Professions, a higher percentage than earlier years. Another 10 percent of the jobs reported are half-time.*****
Wow. Those employment stats are dire for such a reputable law school. I would like to think that Georgetown is giving these stipends out of the kindness of their hearts, but I know better. I'm sure that the stats are coming due for the Class of 2010 and the numbers aren't looking good. This stipend, a drop in the bucket, is enough of a carrot to make the little Hoyas jump at the "opportunity" and count themselves as employed.
This plan is reminiscent of Duke's little ploy. If any Georgetown Administrators come to this site, let me be clear.... STOP ACCEPTING STUDENTS. The only way you can ensure your employment stats improve is to limit your class size and cut your budget. Unless you want to walk over homeless Georgetown Law Grads on M Street, quit pumping them out.