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Are Law-School Applicants Like 'Gatsby's Revelers?'
Dan Slater, our longtime Blogger-in-Chief, wrote an interesting item today on the New York Times’s DealBook blog about the sorry state of legal education and the sorrier state of those who incur law-school debt.
After recounting the industry’s well-known travails, Slater takes aim at the American Bar Association, “which continues to approve law schools with impunity and with no end in sight.”
Slater laments the fact that, even in the throes of one of the worst industry downturns in history, matriculation rates continue to rise unchecked at law schools, with close to 50,000 enrollees at the 200 ABA-approved law schools.
Worse, to lure students, some law schools offer a deceptive view of the likelihood that their graduated will land top-paying jobs. Slater points a finger at employment statistics posted on the Web sites of three low-ranked law schools in New York City. All three advertise that 45 to 60 percent of their 2008 graduates who reported salary information are making a median salary of $150,000 to $160,000, a statistic that Slater finds somewhat dubious.
Ultimately, however, Slater serves up the sternest language for students themselves:
“But will next year’s round of applicants heed the signals?” he writes, with that characteristic Slater panache. And then this, which deserves its own set-off block-quote:
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