bahari2010 wrote:The basic argument seems to be:
(1) there are more law grads than there will ever be jobs
(2) all law schools manipulate their post-graduation employment stats
(3) Law school tuition is way too high, and thus
(4) Nobody should go to law school unless it's HYS/T6 or they don't have to pay for most of it.
(4) JD's are luxury items, as no one ever NEEDS a law degree (replace 4)
Litigation skills aren't useful for any other occupation
(6) JD's are only truly
for practicing law, and they are merely resume lines of prestige when you apply for other jobs (NCAA, Compliance, Contracts, Negotiators, etc.)
That sums it up. But yes, the search function is useful.
Re: #5: Litigation skills, which include advocating for or against a course of action, are useful in corporate boardrooms, in consulting and in the classroom, as well as in many other areas.
Re: #6 JD's are only truly essential
for practicing law, and not really so. many lawyers are "reading law" in states where it is allowed (NY, Virginia, Washington, California, etc.), and earning their licenses when allowed to sit for the bar. The skills one can acquire while earning a JD such as superior oratory, writing, reasoning skills are applicable to just about any field.
And think about this: in theory, a JD can do anything an MBA can do, but an MBA cannot defend a party in court or sue on another person's behalf.