XxSpyKEx wrote:The problem is that the job posting isn't looking for a better "thinker." It's looking for someone to do basic data entry. The posting even makes it clear that the job does not require a JD (it says they are looking to hire a paralegal OR a recent law school grad for short term work). The quoted is like saying Starbucks should pay you more solely because you have a JD, and if they don't, it's a "tacit admission that the 'skills' taught to you in law school aren't worth crap." With respect to the recent law school grad, it's pretty clear that this is job is set up as short term work while awaiting bar results for someone who just needs a little extra cash prior to finding full time legal employment. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that what they teach you in law school is worth $250k, or that you learn much in law school at all. It's just pointing out that sadsituationjd's and your arguments are illogical.
Except it isn't Starbucks, it's actually legal work that they want done, even though it's base-level legal work.
Not really. "Legal data entry" is not "actual legal work" or "base-level legal work." Most attorneys do not do legal data entry at any point in their careers. Data entry is the type of administrative work that is typically done by someone with a high school education. It's not very difficult, and does not require much thinking. (I'm going to guess that the job involves doing things like typing names into a complaint, creating headings, copying case numbers, etc. This is not the type of stuff that a legal education helps you to do.)
JCougar wrote: But I don't think many of these people's opportunities are going to get much better once they do pass the bar.
Not saying that it is, but the fact that specific job does not pay law school grads much more than a paralegal for data entry doesn't show that. Frankly, I'm surprised that it pays law school grads anything more to do the exact same work. The only reason I can think of as to why it does is perhaps because they believe there are some efficiency/speed gains (or something) by hiring a law school grad to do legal data entry.