monetaryeasing wrote: The unemployment rate for law graduates (and this means COMPLETE unemployment, no job whatsoever) is 15%. National unemployment is only 8.2% and CA only 11%. You're more likely to have no job whatsoever if you went to law school. And you're into debt up to your eyeballs if you're not a rich kid whose parents paid cash.
I have no dog in this fight. I probably wouldn't go to Hastings unless I had tons of $$, either. But the other poster is entirely correct in pointing out you're citing apples to dragonfruit. People with no experience generally have much higher unemployment than those who do, and the difference is exacerbated during recessions.
The fair thing to compare would be employment rates of college graduates 9 months after graduating with law school graduates 9 months after graduating. Almost certainly the law school rate is higher. This doesn't mean much--generally it's only the case because law school graduates have the option of practicing law in addition to other kinds of jobs people with a bachelor's are eligible for. Technically speaking, I'm almost certain you're more likely to have a job, at this moment, having graduated law school than if you didn't.