Most recently, a reader by the name of "Living well in California" posted a long criticism of this blog and the ideas set forth. In response, I have posted the comment below in its entirety and have responded accordingly. As a matter of policy I do not respond to trolls. However, this comment was a decent critique and as such deserves a proper response. I welcome constructive criticism at all times. Whoever loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. Proverbs 12:1.
As a graduate of a lower tiered school, I am sickened by this blog. I do not know which school you attended, but I received an excellent education. My professors were well-deserving of their salaries, and I do not feel “scammed”. You pay tuition to receive an education; you do not pay tuition to earn your dream salary upon graduation. Most students who graduate from any law school will not work at a large blue chip firm. If you thought that was your destiny, you were ill-informed. Please do not blame the law schools for your ignorance.
I, alongside many other lower tiered law school graduates, never intended to work at large blue chip firms. The majority of TTT students are fully aware of the fact that only graduates from the best schools go on to the best firms. However, we all believed that "midlaw" was a big possibility. For example, when people asked me where I wanted to practice, I would respond with "a mid sized firm, having anywhere between 8 to 25 attorneys, more or less." It is only upon graduation and the subsequent job search when TTT's realize that midlaw is extremely difficult to place in as most biglaw associates burn out from BIGLAW and downgrade to smaller firms.
This blog perpetuates the idea that graduates from lower tiered schools are less competent than graduates from top tier schools. I could be a spokes model for lower tiered schools. While I had an extremely difficult time obtaining a desirable job initially – mainly due to my inability to pass the bar exam (note: I do NOT blame my law school), things have worked themselves out. I work at a major San Francisco based company, earn a six-figure income, have 3 weeks vacation, and my hours are roughly 9-5.
God bless you for finding a good paying job with nice benefits, easy hours and 3 weeks vacation. If all TTT grads can find jobs like the one you described, then there would be no purpose for this blog. However, since there are thousands upon thousands of broke, struggling and unemployed graduates who are desperate and angry with their current situation, there is a demand for a forum where people can vent and feel some solidarity with others.
With regard to your assertion that "this blog perpetuates the idea that graduates from lower tiered schools are less competent than graduates from top tiered schools" it is the legal industry that perpetuates the idea, not the blog. I'm confident you have seen the job postings time and time again state in big bold letters "TOP TIER GRADUATES NEED APPLY ONLY." In addition, while some tier 4 grads may become better attorneys then some tier 1 grads, the statistics speak for themselves. Stanford law grads smash the California Bar Exam with pass rates in the high 90's while Western State, Whittier, Golden Gate, Thomas Jefferson, et. al., languish in the mid 50's. UGPA is much higher at tier 1's implying these students have studied harder than their tier 4 counterparts. In my humble opinion, I believe the biggest difference between tier 1 and tier 4 grads is work ethic, discipline, and a bit of IQ points. But mainly discipline as I know top tier lawyers who work much harder than I ever will but can never outsmart me in many facets of life.
Moreover, the tier system was developed as a result of the over supply of JD's. Because there are so many graduates flooding the market, employers utilize school rank in order to limit the amount of applicants. By reducing the amount of excess supply of attorneys the legal market will be able to find a somewhat healthy equilibrium with the result being less wasted time on the pursuit of diluted JD degrees. There is so much talent being misallocated in this country at the present time in pursuit of diluted degrees. When/if the proper correction takes place, the sooner this nation will be able to heal itself as proper talent becomes more properly allocated to areas of the economy that are being neglected. For example, consider the TTT law student that toils for 3 years learning abstract and outdated legal principles only to find out a few years later that his "skills" are not in demand because of the other 45,000 JD's vying for the 26,000 legal job openings. So many young people in this country working in pursuit of degrees which will yield them and society at large practically nothing.
Law school graduates can look outside the traditional arena of practicing law. There are alternative careers for law school graduates, and having a JD makes you a very desirable candidate. Here are some examples: contracts management, vendor management, contracts negotiation, attorney recruiting, legal placement. Also, a law school graduate could go into the assistant program at an entertainment or literary agency, with the intent of working up to be an agent.
I don't know where the fuck you found this bullshit idea but as far as I know the JD CLOSES DOORS. JD underground has more than enough information on this topic. Nuff' said.
It is VERY difficult to get your foot in the door, but once you do, you can have a very good life. Blogs like yours do not help the situation. These grads need to keep their spirits up and keep banging on doors until one opens. If you combine a JD with a good attitude, drive, personality, attractive appearance, and hard work, the opportunities will present themselves.
Blogs like mine serve a different purpose. I don't know if you have noticed but the mainstream media can be summarized as follows: happy happy joy joy happy happy joy joy. Unemployment falls SHARPLY to 9%! Core inflation is ONLY at .4%! The federal government is slashing up to $60 billion in federal spending!!! THE STOCK MARKET ROARS HIGHER EVERY FUCKING DAY!!!!!! IF YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED THEN YOU ARE A MUTANT FUCKTARD THAT DESERVES TO DIE!!!! LOOK AT KIM AND CHLOE KARDASHIANS AMAZING 20 TRILLION SQ FT HOMES!!!!
The purpose of this blog is to inform potential law grads of how terrible the legal job market is, especially for TTT grads. It is place where the dissafected can find solidarity and understanding with others in a similar situation. It is a place where people can vent against the utterly corrupt system which has crippled their lives. In fact, this blog is part of a nascent revolution against the current student loan laws which are unconstitutional and constitute peonage against the deliquent borrower. The blog speaks justice against institutions and individuals who are willfully and fraudulently harming students for their own financial and monetary gain.
Please put your efforts into motivating people and encouraging them to move forward with their careers. There are smart, amazing people graduating from lower tiered schools these days, and this blog is doing a disservice to us
I attempt to help people by getting them out of the "I'm such a fucking loser who needs to killself stage" to the "fuck the damn bastards that lied to me about job placement" stage. Anger is a good motivator. When people feel defeated and primarily blame themselves for their current predicament, it is difficult for them "to move forward with their careers." Thus, the blog. I attempt to educate people about how the economy works, how money is created, about the fraud that the law schools are engaging in and many other important things. Remember, the current narrative in this country is those who don't succeed are losers that deserve their fates and the winners are blessed with riches because they are so great. Not that there has ever been a truly fair playing field in this country, however, for a long time it was very possible for immigrants to come here, work there asses off, and accumulate great wealth. Fast forward to 2011 and you will see law graduates owing $200,000 in nondischargeable debt making $30,000 in a legal or non legal job. Something has obviously changed.
There are many things that are going terribly wrong in this country. But one issue that touches and concerns the lives of many people in our "subprime generation" is the Student Loan Slavery Act, et seq. So the question for you, LWIC and others who are like minded, is will you help your brethren in need or will you shoot the messenger?