Originally Posted by buffon01
This part i don't understand
Read my post at the top of the page. The number has dropped enormously since 2010. It took a while for the scamblogs to get the word out about how bad outcomes are for law students, but once the big shock of 2008-2009 happened, everyone caught on that things were really bad.
In response to this massive drop in qualified applicants the following has happened:
-the elite schools (HYS) have changed nothing. The rest of the T14 are getting increasingly bad outcomes, but they're all lying and trying to preserve their prestige for as long as possible.
-some schools have shrunk class sizes and maintained pre-crisis admissions standards. Besides the reduced revenue, it's basically business as usual except for the challenging job market.
-some schools have dropped standards and are aggressively recruiting from low-IQ cohorts who don't realize that they're being suckered yet. To compensate for the reduced quality of their students, they're doing things like lying about employment outcomes, paying people not to take the bar. This way they can tell incoming students about how they have a 75 percent bar pass rate and good employment stats. Which is all blatantly untrue, but the courts have been really hostile to the idea of allowing suits against the schools for what is basically fraud.
Really, outside of HYS, employment outcomes are pretty grim. I went to a tier 1 school and most of my class mates are employed as lawyers, but mostly in very meh positions. Insurance defense, state/local govt, solo shitlaw dominate. A handful got midlaw or boutique work and are doing fine. A few ended up in fedgov doing admin law. And this is considered waaaaay above average. Down in the underworld of the third tier, JD-required employment is rare. You're as likely to be working as a public defender as you are to be making lattes in starbucks.