A law school student who claims he was duped into believing that getting a law degree would lead to “a fulfilling and remunerative career” recently wrote an open letter to the dean of the school asking for a full refund.   The student is already in his third year at the prestigious Boston College Law School, so this means he could be asking the school to give him upwards of $100,000. While it’s troubling to think that a person who was smart enough to get into an elite law school isn’t smart enough to know that getting a degree from any college is not necessarily an instant lottery ticket to the career of one’s dreams, his letter may offer a kernel of hope for the rest of us.
Why?  Well, the dean of the Boston College Law School likely isn’t the first dean to receive a letter from a law student who regretted his situation and who wanted a refund. So, is the job market for newly minted lawyers so bleak that MOST of them can’t find jobs?  And if so, does this foreshadow a change in our lawsuit-happy culture? Only time will tell if the job market is only softening for law school grads looking for specific, high-paying jobs at the top law firms, or if it means that the United States has too many lawyers in general.  However, a report earlier this year by the National Association of Law Placement indicated that even though the majority of law school graduates can still find jobs, a far higher percentage of those grads are now taking jobs that are temporary. It’s entirely possible that the best and brightest students in undergraduate colleges around America who were considering law school will now decide that they would rather go to medical school, get an MBA or go into another productive field. This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged contingency fee lawyers, lawsuit-happy culture by bobdorigojones. One thing law school did for me and likely does for many others is provide an exposure to many things and offers a safety net if their true passion doesn’t work out. MBAs are actually in a worse situation than law students, where the schools are pumping out far more than demand, so that’s not an option. The kids complaining here are not currently working as lawyers, so fixing this will have ZERO effect on the number of law suits being filed.


Most of the egregious lawsuits you hear about in the news come from high-money plaintiff’s firms that are going to exist whether or not law graduates are being financially ruined by law schools. The primary reason that new attorneys cannot find jobs is because the ABA has continually accredited law schools and is flooding the market with new attorneys. That does not translate to a drop in litigation, just more attorneys fighting for the same job.
Career Services is “actually concerned with helping you find a job.” “Dallas is a wonderful market that pays salaries on par with New York, but the quality of life is so much better,” according to students.
Strangely enough, recent surveys have shown there hasn’t been a significant drop-off in the number of people who want to go to law school!
This mission creates a law school experience like no other—students are encouraging to one another and help each other to thrive, and everyone involved with the school wishes success on each new class.
The new LEED Gold certified building now makes the law school one of the greenest law schools in the country. All classrooms are equipped with at least one computer and a SmartBoard for easy note-taking, and outside of the classroom, discussions are continued “on the course websites that each professor dedicate to maintain.”In the end, it’s the complete commitment from faculty, staff, and students to the school’s mission that wins students over, and the comfortable, supportive environment created when surrounded by people with similar motives. Everyone here is genuinely interested in being a champion for a cause and the cause is people who genuinely need the law on their side,” says a proud student.
Most who attend school here have been out of undergrad for quite awhile and have a wide variety of experience working for nonprofit organizations and activist jobs, so they come to school with a clear idea of the type of public interest law they want to practice.


This results in an “incredibly collaborative learning environment” and students want to see each other succeed.
There are a dozen different programs in twenty cities around the globe including—just to cite a few— Istanbul, Budapest, and Shanghai. In addition, there are several unique international judicial externships and international internships available.
SCU is teeming with institutes, centers, and programs that allow students to do “great things for people.”“Real-world experience” is one of the hallmarks of the professors at Santa Clara Law. More than eighty percent of all newly minted graduates head off to the private sector, where median starting salaries are very impressive. Santa Clara Law’s “very accessible, passionate, successful, and helpful alumni network” is a huge advantage when students are looking for work.
The cost of living in Silicon Valley is very high, and the city of Santa Clara is “decidedly not a college town.” The locale is “green and sunny most of the year,” though, and the Bay Area offers quite a bit to do. When students need a break from their casebooks or law school in general, heading up to San Francisco is pretty common.* The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.



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