A law degree is the most versatile and useful degree there is. It is just as useful for getting management jobs in business and politics as it is in law. It is considered a credential for consulting, negotiation, public speaking, and lobbying. I once was hired to run a health care organization that required a medical degree: they couldn’t find a doctor they liked, so the Chairman of the Board said, “Eh, a law degree’s just as good,” and hired me. No prospects? None? What’s wrong with this guy?
Look. I'm as unsympathetic as the next when it comes to people relying on social welfare rather than attempting to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I come from a family of immigrants and ALL of my cousins and siblings have managed to go on to the American dream (house, job, kids). I'm actually the most educated of all of them and the poorest. But the legal profession is something altogether different. Young lawyers are deserving of sympathy. After all, they weren't lawyers when they decided to go to law school. The Legal Industrial Complex actively defrauds our nation's young into spending over $100K for an education that will be worthless, a dead weight, an impediment to our happiness. That is not a result of our youngs' laziness or stupidity. It's a crime. It's a fucking cartel that should be taken down with RICO laws.
And these aren't just any kids that are being bamboozled--its our nation's brightest. I thought of my readers when I read this line from Zone One by Colson Whitehead.
He'd never had trouble with the American checklist, having successfully executed all the hurdles of his life's stages from preschool to junior high to college, with unwavering competence and nary a wobble into exceptionality or failure. He possessed a strange facility for the mandatory.Of course, the book goes on to discuss a zombie apocalypse, but the same line applies to all of those that go to law school. They aren't losers and should have gotten somewhere accomplishing all the necessary tasks required to succeed in life. It wasn't that hard, am I right? But then, law school comes in and weighs them down, sinking them into utter poverty. We're definitely part of the 99%.