The result is a nonprofit law firm that Arizona State is setting up this summer for some of its graduates. Over the next few years, 30 graduates will work under seasoned lawyers and be paid for a wide range of services provided at relatively low cost to the people of Phoenix.
Some see a naked attempt to improve the school’s ratings in U.S. News and World Report by increasing the percentage of its graduates who find work while doing little to address the access-to-justice problem.
The good news for this is that it will, to some extent, mean more jobs for recent graduates. The bad news is that these jobs will be much lower-paying than the kind of jobs people typically aim for graduating from law school. Also, keep in mind that this "non-profit" law firm plans to bill people at $125 an hour; like law schools themselves, this will likely be a way for universities to collect more money on the backs of law students.
On the bright side, this should give a little hope to people with full-tuition scholarships to one of these schools. You'll likely have a job when you graduate, and little debt, although I hope you like living in a shoebox and driving your 1997 Civic forever.