Well, back to my conversation with Kyle. Here's was the idea that I pitched to him:
Why don't we go over the law schools' heads? Why do we have to wait for them to comply with LST's requests? With the scam bloggers' assistance, we can post a survey or a link to a survey on LST's website and ask the "people" what they are doing after grad school. We can even open it up to graduates who, like me, are years out and now finding themselves living below the poverty level. I realize that it would be nearly impossible to get 100% percent to report. However, if we got 10 of 100 graduates from TTToilet school of law to answer the survey claiming that they are unemployed--that information would debunk the statistics of that same school which claim 95% employed 9 months after graduating.
Well, he had concerns. One of the concerns he cited was verification. For example, a spiteful law school grad could fill out the survey from several different ISPs claiming that he is unemployed to screw up the statistics for his school. I, for one, would never lie on a survey like that. I guess I feel like the truth is probably bad enough, why lie? Plus, I really want to know the truth. I'm curious. But today, two comments on Hardknock's post earlier today made Kyle's concern very real to me:
It's a certainty that any student who participates in this program won't receive an employment survey from the school after 9 months, because they will already be considered "employed" and won't even have a chance to answer.
When I get mine, I'll be answering as "unemployed and searching" to make up for at least one person who hasn't responded to a survey in shame.
NOVEMBER 16, 2010 12:55 PM
Even though I was working, I made sure to put myself down as unemployed and searching when mine came.
NOVEMBER 16, 2010 2:41 PMOops. I guess I don't understand the mindset of new grads. His point came through loud and clear.
He had other concerns as well. He doesn't want to discredit his organization by providing false statistics. I guess the scam bloggers have been discredited. I know that we're referred to as whiners, etc. People want us to do something. I think that my idea is the "something" that needs to be done. I, unfortunately, have no idea how to go about doing it.
LST seems to have lots of faith in the ABA coming through with higher standards for law school. Of course, I don't. At the end of the day, I feel that the ABA (made up of Biglaw Partners) has an interest in keeping labor cheap. I'm sure the organization would decrease tuition if it were in their power, so that the cheap labor wouldn't be so cash strapped. If that is their real intent, then any proposal that would affect the number of law students that attend law school and slow down the flow of cheap labor as a result is not likely to be a priority of the ABA. We differ on that point.
In any event, I'm fully behind LST in its efforts. I hope that the ABA brings the hammer down on the law schools for defrauding students every year. In the meantime, I feel the weight of 45,000 students on my shoulders every May and the pain that many of them must feel when their expectations are dashed. I hope that I'm not considered a whiner. My goal is to put the information out there for those that are open to it, and help steer some students correctly. I know that everything we post is skewed by our opinions, but we're we aren't dishonest. We stand to gain nothing by telling people information we wish we knew before attending law school. That is the God's honest truth.
So, what do you think of my idea? Do you think its something I should approach LST with in the future (after the ABA doesn't deliver)? If so, do you know how to do it? Maybe we can talk.