emhellmer wrote:DoubleChecks wrote:worldtraveler wrote:I'm most disgusted by the "I thought someone would hook me up with a job" mentality in the article. No, people don't just walk around and hand you jobs in any field. You actually have to apply and prove yourself. I see this even at my own law school with people who bitch that OCS didn't just hook them up with a summer job. There is a huge sense of entitlement among law students and maybe even our generation as a whole, and it scares me. No one owes you anything, no matter how fancy your degree is.
If you couldn't use your BA to rustle up some kind of decent employment, expecting a JD to make a huge difference may be a stretch. Actually, this idea that a school office will find me a job is all very new to me.
I'm a big believer in hustling and working hard on job acquisition versus just studying and hoping for the best.
BUT -- we're talking about what is about to exceed $150K for a professional degree in a highly competitive field. It is absolutely NOT too much to expect law schools to make career placement their highest priority. Instead, they use the increasing revenue from tuition to build luxurious classroom spaces and offices, and to hire professors who published two more law review articles than someone else who might well be a superior teacher. Maybe if they used that income to open more clinics and subsidize externships, that would be useful, but it's often second fiddle to hiring whoever the latest Yale-educated "academic superstar" they can find whose only experience with the real world of law firms (or even PI/government) is a 2L summer.
And, by the way, this highlights the fact that placement is not all about CSO. It's about having a CULTURE of career preparation, so that everyone engages in helping students figure out what they need to do to hustle and providing them with open doors so they have the opportunity to sell their characteristics. The fundamental problem is that Law academics want desperately to be SCHOLARS, when they should just grow up, realize that they aren't fucking liberal arts professors, understand that they make 3 or 4 times the salary of liberal arts professors BECAUSE they are at a professional school, and do whatever the hell it takes for their students to be competitive in a crappy marketplace.