Are they undecided voters too? I don't know if recent law school grads are burying their heads in the sand or if they are just simple, happy people, but they don't seem to mind being in limbo.
The National Law Journal reports that almost all law grads surveyed by LSAT prep company Kaplan Inc. gave their law schools high marks—even though most have yet to find legal jobs. Here's what the NLJ's Karen Sloan reports:
Kaplan queried 705 members of the class of 2012 about their education, and 37 percent gave their law school an "A." Another 53 percent awarded a "B," and 9 percent offered a "C." A mere 1 percent of students gave their law school a "D," and none outright flunked their school.
The survey notes that a majority of the grads—56 percent—still don't have a law job. "But the respondents remained optimistic: More than half—63 percent—were confident they would land a job within three months."
I'm shocked, shocked. My goodness, a law school doctoring the employment statistics of its grads? The horror! Reports the NLJ's Sloan:
A former assistant career services dean at the Thomas Jefferson Law
School has filed a declaration in a class action against the institution
in which she acknowledges padding graduate employment statistics in
Karen Grant said in a sworn statement in August that she counted recent graduates as employed if they had worked in any capacity since graduation. She blamed pressure by her supervisor to improve the school's jobs statistics.
Grant's statement was made in conjunction with a lawsuit filed by a 2008 Thomas Jefferson graduate who alleged that the law school committed fraud by lying about its employment records to prospective students. Grant stated that her boss responded to her concerns about the false reportings by saying, "Everybody does it."
Imagine that coming out of the mouth of a law school dean!
What's missing in Peoria. No, this is not an opening for a bad joke. According to the NLJ, the fabled midwestern town of Peoria wants its own law school:
A small group of judges and prominent attorneys in Peoria, Illinois, has quietly been exploring the feasibility of opening a law school at Bradley University—a private school with about 6,000 students. That effort has been under way for the past year, but came to light on October 21 after a columnist for the Peoria Journal Star caught wind.
So far, The Bradley University College of Law is just a twinkle in the eyes of its proponents. But U.S. District Judge James Shadid of Peoria, who is leading the effort, told the NLJ that an early study indicated that there's demand for a law school "that would largely serve aspiring attorneys who live within about 150 miles of the central Illinois city."
God forbid that there isn't a law school within a 150-mile radius of every town and cornfield in America.
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