Emails to large numbers of students or alums are normally BCCed to protect the recipients’ anonymity. This email, sent by Assistant Career Services Dean Steve Hopson on August 1, was inadvertently addressed without BCC to 100 addressees — purportedly all those members of the Class of 2011 who are still seeking permanent employment. According to a post-graduation press release from the Law School (http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/news/2 ... holder.htm), 372 students graduated with JDs and 21 graduated with LLMs in 2011. If the list includes only JD students, this means that almost 27 percent of the Class of 2011 remains unemployed. If the list also includes LLM students, the number is over 25 percent.
1) This is an ATL article and it's based on circumstantial evidence so far...although it's pretty reasonable evidence. And UVA has no response yet.
2) Not trying to poke UVA in the eye or anything. Obviously, I go to WUSTTTL and I'd imagine the situation here is at least as bad and likely worse, judging from stories I've heard from recent graduates. But this is very believable.
3) I don't even think it's horrible for some people to not have automatic jobs after graduation. But I do think it's morally wrong to put people in so much debt who are trying to do the right thing and educate themselves.
Conclusion: Paying sticker anywhere outside the T5 is an enormous risk these days. In fact, anything less than a 50% scholarship is bordering on a bad idea. Unless you have parents or grandparents that are going to help you pay down your debt. There is no legitimate reason for law schools to be charging as much as they do.