Recent law grads already know this, but humor me for a moment while I bring the law students up to speed.

Dear 3Ls, if you graduate with no job, your school will start telling you about how your law school’s career services will still be available for you after you graduate. It’s February, so expect to have this conversation in a couple of months.

Okay, are we all on the same page? So Lewis & Clark Law School has a job posting board, and alumni of the school are allowed to access it. To keep the valuable Lewis & Clark leads within the Lewis & Clark community, the school periodically changes the password needed to access the board.

The password for this cycle hit a little bit too close to home…

Here’s the email Lewis & Clark alumni received earlier this week:

From: Law School Career Services
To: LSCS
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 09:43:21 -0800
Subject: New Job Posting Password

February 1, 2011

Good Morning,

Please find below the updated password for the Lewis & Clark Law School online job database. The online postings can be found at [Redacted].

Username: [Redacted] (stays the same)

Password: fail8ure

The password is updated every three months and the next change will occur on May 2, 2011.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

That is rough.

It’s also a truth that every law student should understand: once you graduate, you are dead to your law school. They have your money. They know you are much more likely to give money to your undergraduate institution than your law school. They know that if you didn’t have a job upon graduation, you are even less likely to ever make a donation to your law school. There’s nothing more you can do for them, so they don’t really care anymore.

Usually, law schools do a slightly better job of hiding all of that, so it’s not surprising the next day the alumni received this letter from the director of Lewis & Clark Career Services:

It has come to my attention that yesterday we inadvertently sent out a new job posting password to our alumni that, understandably, was not well-received. Since then, we have revised the alumni job posting password and I sincerely apologize for any ill feelings the original password caused. As I hope you know, we take your job search very seriously and want to be a positive resource for you. Please know we will be vigilant to see that something like this does not happen again.

Too little, way too late.

I particularly like this sentence (and I’ve taken the liberty of adding some emphasis): “As I hope you know, we take YOUR job search very seriously and want to be a positive resource for YOU.”

Translation: this is all on you. Lewis & Clark washes its hands of your own employment “fail8ure.”

Good luck, Lewis & Clark alumni. Remember, Above the Law has a jobs board now. No password required.


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