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November 8, 2019 • By Dennis Beaver
Up until the Great Recession, if you were warm, breathing, graduated from law school, and passed a Bar exam, finding a relatively good paying job as a lawyer was almost a given.
This was true even if you didn’t own a professional wardrobe or couldn’t spell the word. These were decades of explosive growth in Law – in “Big Law’s” huge firms of hundreds of lawyers, and even small town law offices.
Like French farmers force feeding geese to make foie gras, there was a feeding frenzy among law school admissions officers. More and more students were admitted, everyone assuming there would be jobs for them after graduation.
“What mattered were numbers, ever increasing tuition, and hiring more faculty. For years I warned that we were doing our students and the profession a disservice, but I was patted on the head like a child and ignored,” the, now retired head admissions officer at a “Top Ten” law school told me, on condition of anonymity.
“When the economy took a nose dive, thousands of recently minted lawyers across America were lucky to find a job at a McDonalds,” she added…click here to read more