Law school loses luster?

April 4, 2011
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The Law School Admission Council Inc. is reporting that the number of applications to law schools is down just over 11 percent as compared to last year around this time. The Wall Street Journal  wrote up a nice article about the issue. Could the allure of law school in a bad economy be ending?

For some people, law school is a fallback if their original plan doesn’t work out. It’s typically been seen as a way to secure a good job. Not anymore. There are numerous reports out there about the struggles recent graduates have had trying to find employment, as well as layoffs at firms. There are even blogs dedicated to telling people that being an attorney isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

This could be one factor as to why applications are down. There are some indicators the economy is slowly improving, which may make law school less appealing. This comes at a time when one Indiana school is considering adding a law school at its Fort Wayne campus.

Why do you think less people are applying to law school?

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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