I thought this might interest you guys. They say they are transforming legal education. I get the feeling they found a way to cheat the employment statistics. ASU created a completely separate entity non-profit to provide their students with full time long term JD required employment.http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/a ... cent-grads
While an argument could be made to say that this is an attempt to game the system, I see this as a step in the right direction. Is it an optimal job? Obviously not, as with any school-funded position I'm sure it will be less than desired and the pay will be low. However, the beef that I've been seeing with the current law school model is that it is not producing practice-ready attorneys and that many smaller law firms do not have the resources to train freshly-graduated JDs. This would allow new grads to get some experience under their belt. It also gives them some time to look for further legal employment without having that dreaded time gap on their resume. I see this as being similar to a medical residency where education is put into practice and skills are primed, rather than a scamming technique. Bottom line though is that the people that the school likely employ through this will have likely had no job or a job not involved in legal work. Furthermore, they're going to have to report this as school-funded so it's not as if there is no transparency within this idea.
Depending on how this is carried out, I could see it being a great resource for the community too. Part of the problem in this country right now is that the people who can't afford legal aid also generally don't even have the money to go out and get help from the resources out there to help remedy this situation. If they do this in a way that reaches out to low-income populations by going to their areas and reaching out to them rather than depending on them coming to the office, it could help a good number of people out.