Earlier today, we talked about the declining number of applications to law school.
Industry observers can debate why applications are down. But I think it’s really as simple as what I’m about to show you. People go to law school so they can get jobs and have nice lives. They don’t go to law school for love of abstract learning. They don’t go to law school because of anything that happens in the third year of law school. They go for jobs.
And when there are no jobs, when experienced attorneys are making Craigslist postings like this one I’m about to show you, it makes people think, “Why in the hell would I go to law school right now?”
Let’s take a look at the saddest single dad with a J.D. on Craigslist….
A tipster sent this Craigslist ad in with the subject line “Sad Craigslist post in LA.” I don’t think it was hyperbole (click to enlarge):
Dude. Bummer. I don’t even have a joke here. Do you have any advice for this guy? I’d hate to see this guy go down the “Pursuit of Happyness” single-dad road, even if it does kinda work out in the end.
I hope somebody helps this guy out with a job. And then I hope he pays it forward and tells his kid not to go to law school.
Earlier: Law School Applications Crater