For a sense, take a look at the strange case of New York Law School and its dean, Richard A. Matasar. For more than a decade, Mr. Matasar has been one of the legal academy’s most dogged and scolding critics, and he has repeatedly urged professors and fellow deans to rethink the basics of the law school business model and put the interests of students first.
“What I’ve said to people in giving talks like this in the past is, we should be ashamed of ourselves,” Mr. Matasar said at a 2009 meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. He ended with a challenge: If a law school can’t help its students achieve their goals, “we should shut the damn place down.”
Given his scathing critiques, you might expect that during Mr. Matasar’s 11 years as dean, he has reshaped New York Law School to conform with his reformist agenda. But he hasn’t. Instead, the school seems to be benefiting from many of legal education’s assorted perversities.
N.Y.L.S. is ranked in the bottom third of all law schools in the country, but with tuition and fees now set at $47,800 a year, it charges more than Harvard. It increased the size of the class that arrived in the fall of 2009 by an astounding 30 percent, even as hiring in the legal profession imploded. It reported in the most recent US News & World Report rankings that the median starting salary of its graduates was the same as for those of the best schools in the nation — even though most of its graduates, in fact, find work at less than half that amount.Pitter, patter--my heart. Oh, be still.
Wouldn't you think this bit of common sense, no nonsense would come from a scamblogger? Dare I say it, is our opinion becoming common place?
Of course, the rest of the article is quite good as well. It's what needs to be said. Law school is a no-lose proposition for the capitalist pigs in higher education.
At this point, with mainstream media covering the law school scam in such a matter-of-fact manner, who is still considering law school? Can you just imagine the rag-a-tag group of people that are piling into the halls of NYLS next month.
I am presuming that one must be able to read to go to most law schools. I presume, in the age of the Internet, one should also be able to research. So, who would still go to law school with the flood of information available on the web? If you type "law school" into Google, and press "News"--this is what appears:
Add "law school" section to my Google News homepage
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►Pistons' Wallace headed to law school?
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For now, Wallace is at his home in Virginia researching law schools, the Detroit News reports. "The thought has been brewing for years, and he even spoke to ...
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Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!
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Legal diplomas have such allure that law schools have been able to jack up tuition four times faster than the soaring cost of college. And many law schools ...
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Cooley Law School sues over online postings
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A standard no longer applicable to most law students.
Hmmm. Issue spotting anyone? The emphasis is all mine. To an average schmo--shouldn't the first few articles that come up on Google cause a tiny bit of concern? Law schools are suing for defamation? Tuitions have increased 4 times faster than college tuitions? Class sizes increase by 30%??? Dubious and Law School in the same thought???!
So, are we left to think that these students that the class of 2014 are idiots? Or illiterate or neophytes?
Well, I have the special privilege of passing by New York Law School at least once a week on my way to Court. I always take note of who is grabbing a ciggy outside of their newly built, state-of-the-art building and who is loitering in the lobby. Actually, last week, when I walked in front of it--some construction workers were out front with a banner that read "New York Law School is Bad for New York City." I flashed them a thumbs up for an entirely different reason than they stood for--but the premise is the same. So, what's my impression of the students that I see there? I guess... I would have to say they look like rich kids. I'm certain they aren't actually rich though--but they are just arrogant enough to think they will be rich one day and spend accordingly. I pass by their school with the same Kenneth Cole canvas brief case I've carried since 2002 and the girls at NYLS role up to Civ Pro with a Louis Vuitton tote. Some of the boys appear to be hipster types. Not really sure how that goes down in the courtroom. In any event, arrogance abounds when I pass this school and make eyes with a few of the students.
I think they look down their noses at me as a lawyer who is running to Court--rather than cabbing it. Sometimes I stop and bum a ciggy from one of them. In any event, it must take a really arrogant bastard to see all the news regarding the future of lawyers in this Country and somehow think that it won't apply to you--because you're special and you'll be the one to make it. You're better than everyone else.
Well, there's one thing the scambloggers cannot do. We can't change stupid.