Back in December 2010, we reported that tuition at the University of Maryland School of Law (now known as the Francis King Carey School of Law) would not be subject to the four percent hike for the 2011-2012 academic year that was thrust upon the rest of the programs doing business at the university’s Baltimore campus.

It was rumored that the law school’s dean, Phoebe Haddon, fought valiantly to keep tuition from rising due to students’ hefty debt loads and the “impact of the economic downturn on the legal employment market.” At the time, we gave Maryland Law major kudos for protecting its students from tuition increases. Now, we wonder if a just little more tuition money would have prevented this career services nightmare.

As it turns out, even students who attend a top 50 law school are in danger of landing awful jobs, especially when the career development office is offering up gems like this one….

We received this email from a tipster, lamenting the current state of affairs at Maryland Law’s career development office:

Below is the latest job posting on UMB Law’s Symplicity page (my law school’s career development webpage). Apparently, our law school has just given up on helping us find legal jobs.

What kind of a job is this kid talking about? Let’s take a look:

Congratulations, Maryland Law graduates! Your law degree now qualifies you to set up orange cones and hand out parking decals. The best part? Even with your credentials, you’re only up to snuff for an assistant manager position.

Note how this job opportunity is listed as a “professional” position (so “professional” that you don’t even need a law degree to get the job). Is that so the powers that be at the career development office can list this as “Professional – Other” in the annual employment questionnaire if a recent graduate accepts the job?

It’s too bad this isn’t an Assistant Valet Parking Manager job. At least that cloud would have a silver lining — you may never be able to afford a new car with your Maryland Law degree, but you might be able to drive one.

UPDATE (2/15): Maryland Law’s Assistant Dean for Career Development has issued a response to our assessment of this job opportunity. Read all the details here.


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