Measuring the Downside Risk of Law School Attendance

James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

February 9, 2013

Legal education has come under severe political pressure, both external and internal, for its perceived failure to deliver tangible economic benefits to law students. But legal education is not alone. The financial crisis of 2008 and the economic recession triggered by it have forced many other industries, to reevaluate their balance of costs and benefits. Many institutions, even entire industries, must now endure stress-testing in the form of debt-to-income or debt-to-capital ratios. This document focuses on student welfare, especially the core economic question of whether law school attendance delivers a valuable return on students’ investment. It also describe the tools, drawn from quantitative finance and econometrics, that it uses to evaluate downside risk and inequality within any cohort of law school graduates.

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Date posted: February 11, 2013  

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Chen, James Ming, Measuring the Downside Risk of Law School Attendance (February 9, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2214337

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James Ming Chen (Contact Author)
Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )
318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States
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