Time and time again, we’ve warned prospective law students about the dangers of applying to law school without first arming themselves with the knowledge that a career in law might not be the golden ticket that it once was. And yet time and time again, those prospective law students have ignored all of the evidence that was presented to them on a silver platter, and continued on their merry way to law school.
These 0Ls don’t care about whether they’ll be employed; hell, they don’t even care how many law schools are sued for their allegedly fraudulent employment statistics. All these “sophisticated consumers” really care about are the U.S. News law school rankings.
But what would happen if a law school were to inform applicants that they may never be employed at all? Perhaps a message like that would stem the tide of willfully ignorant prospective law students….
A tipster wrote to us and mentioned that he had repeatedly seen a a pop-up ad for Concord Law School. If you’re not familiar with it, Concord Law is a private, for-profit online law school. It is not accredited by the American Bar Association, and its very existence has drawn the ire of a sitting Supreme Court justice.
The ad in question touts all of the benefits of attending Concord Law School, such as full academic support, flexible learning, and affordable tuition. But most importantly, the viewer is told the following:
But what’s that little dagger there for? Apparently there’s more information to be gleaned from Concord Law’s blurb about its graduates’ enhanced career opportunities in teeny, tiny print at the bottom of the page:
†Concord Law School’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, Concord does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all.
When you have to place a prophylactic warning label on what you’ve said about the enhanced career opportunities that are promised by your law school to protect yourself from future lawsuits, you’ve got to know that the general employment situation for law grads is grim — regardless of the school they’ve attended.
Perhaps all law schools should consider adding a warning labels like these to their employment statistics:
- Warning: employment statistics may explode under pressure
- Only intended to be digested with a grain of salt
- Repeated exposure may impair intellect
After all, it would be a great way to keep future “disgruntled” law school graduates from suing them… so long as they’re “sophisticated” enough to read the fine print.
Click through to the following page to see the Concord Law ad in full….