Earlier this week, we asked readers to submit possible captions for this photo:
On Wednesday, you voted on the finalists, and now it’s time to announce the winner of our caption contest….
As is customary with our caption contests, we will now reveal the backstory behind the picture. As many of you had already guessed, this photo was taken in Philadelphia’s main commuter terminal, where it could be seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of people during the morning and evening rush hour.
Here’s some further commentary on Temple Law’s ad by none other than Professor Paul Campos:
The most recent nine-month employment statistics for Temple law grads indicate that 54% of the class got a real legal job, very generously defined (full-time long-term employment requiring bar admission; of that 54% figure, nearly a quarter are working for firms of 2 to 10 lawyers — an unknown number of these jobs are either very transient or essentially fictional, as when a couple of new grads rent office space to start a “firm,” while another 15% are in state and local clerkships that are often one-year way stations to legal unemployment). All in all, it would clearly be an exaggeration to claim that even half the class got jobs that present any reasonable prospect of leading to real legal careers.
Gah — 54 percent. That’s ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE NEAR 92 PERCENT, but lawyers are pretty bad at math, especially when it’ll line their pockets.
Without further ado, here’s the winning caption:
They misspelled “Future Maids.”
Thanks to everyone for suggesting comments and for voting. If you wrote the winning caption, feel free to email us, subject line “Caption Contest Winner,” to claim your prize (an ATL t-shirt).
More evidence that claims of a law graduate employment crisis are seriously exaggerated
[Lawyers, Guns & Money]