We’ve had a lot of evidence that prospective law students have hatched a diabolical plan to flood the legal market with fresh talent. But this graph from Most Strongly Supported tells it all:
Right now, I’m like Oliver Platt at the end of 2012. Shut the damn door or we’re all gonna die.
Some other observations after the jump.
Most Strongly Supported points out the obvious lesson that prospective law students don’t want to hear:
Gone are the days when law school is an automatic back-up plan for History/English/Communication majors who don’t know what else to do with their degree. With law school tuition soaring, students need to know that they can pay off their degrees. They also need to be more inventive about what their legal career can look like.
One of these days, somebody is going to create some actual “pre-law” standards and prerequisites. That will make law school something more than everybody’s safety plan.
At Ideoblog, Larry Ribstein reminds us that such a change will probably not be coming from law schools themselves:
As those applications flood in, expect to see champagne corks popping on the decks of the Law School Titanic.
I’m just sitting here, waiting for the wave.
Big Law, We Have a Problem [Most Strongly Supported]
Meet the new law school: same as the old law school? [Ideoblog]
Earlier: The “Biglaw School” Model