Trim, Plan, Law School: We Have a Situation (Now Let's Fix it)
University of Miami Law Review
February 6, 2012
University of Miami Law Review, Forthcoming
This paper analyzes the current class action lawsuits against law schools on grounds of misrepresented statistics (schools' self-reported job employment rates, salary data, etc.). It argues that these suits are merely the incidental tip of an oncoming iceberg related to our legal economy, and that drastic action must be taken to prevent our legal education system from facing massive, possibly unintended, market corrections. It addresses why students choose to attend law school in the first place. It analyzes labor market economics and the state of the current legal economy, and urges that both the ABA and American Law Schools must adapt to a new, still-unfolding reality that is our new legal economy.
It provides suggestions for changes to law schools and how they are marketed to potential students. It analyzes a quasi "pre-admission program" at one Florida law school that may, in fact, violate the ABA Standards for Accreditation of Law Schools. The paper suggests that, while certainly we face a desperate struggle, the system is not broken; but that we must act proactively to maintain both the quality of our legal education system and the value of the juris doctor. Indeed, we have a situation: Now let's fix it.
Keywords: lawsuits, schools, class action, misrepresentation, negligent, employment data, statisticsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 6, 2012
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