We’ve got a school scolding students for being too comfortable in the post-graduate employment program the school itself designed to evade telling the truth to U.S. News….
The letter from George Washington University Law School dean Paul Schiff Berman to students enrolled in the school’s Pathways to Practice Program is incredibly tone-deaf and downright mean-spirited given that it comes right in the middle of bar prep time for GW’s most recent graduating class. The memo also lays bare that Berman’s Pathways program is nothing more than a bald attempt to game the employment statistics in a way that makes it look good for U.S. News. Nothing more.
Pathways to Practice is one of those initiatives you see popping up at law schools all across the country. Students who are not able to secure post-graduate legal employment can be employed by the law school doing some nominal task for 35 hours a week, but their main job is getting a real job. The programs last for a year: 35 hours a week for a year is just enough to call the position “full-time” and “long-term,” and this satisfies the U.S. News boxes for “employed upon graduation” and “employed nine months after graduation.”
Making things right with U.S. News is what the school cares about — trust me, if the school really cared about the students, the clock would start ticking on their year not from when they graduated, but from when the bar results were available in their state. That’s the year after graduation, when unemployed recent graduates have a shot at getting a job. If you couldn’t get a job as a 3L, you’re not going to be able to get a job as a 4L studying for the bar, and everybody knows that. But the schools aren’t trying to make these programs work in reality, they’re trying to make these programs aid their place in the rankings.
http://abovethelaw.com/2012/06/law-scho ... find-a-job
I'm shocked that GW would do this to unemployed students they agreed to help. But then I'm surprised at how naive I am, GW doesn't care about the students, they only care about the rankings.
There is more in the article about how rude and condescending the Dean was in his letter- he is cutting the stipend by third because he heard rumors of people turning down jobs so they could keep their stipend (which seems very unlikely to me) and to incentivize students in the fellowships to find jobs.
I might quote more later - but this really sickens me. I sortof hate GW.