Journalists of the legal media could be a force in correcting decades of law school misplacement.
I just read the most recent of the plethora of articles focusing on placement offices and what they are doing for law students during this unique “challenging” “chill” inducing situation where more and more large law firms are withdrawing from on-campus interviewing and not hiring students for summer and permanent positions.
I quickly recognized thirteen issues NOT considered in this article (to a great extent applicable to another such article.)
1, Isn’t the use of the word “firm”misleading if it refers to the few firms (only 10%) with > 100 lawyers?
2. Who created the “box’ that LS students have to think outside of and why?
3. Were the few firms able to enter the “box” providing positions desired by LS students.
4. Were the few firms able to enter the “box’ providing positions through which students could serve legal needs of the public.
5. What are the goals, values & hopes of LS students?
6. What careers do LS students envision upon graduation?
7. What percentage of LS students want positions in regional firms, smaller firms, local firms, or government jobs,”
8. Are there summer paid positions for law students in “popular” cities in firms of < 6 lawyers? .
9. What is the process to go through to find these unadvertised positions?
10. What percentage of LS students want to go solo & not be employees?
11. Has the LS prepared the students to practice solo or in firms of < 6 lawyers?
12. When the economy improves, do LS expect to again funnel students back into the "box"?
13. Why is this concern one for the career staff? Why aren't the LSDeans and faculty being interviewed?
How many other examples can you find where the legal media ignored the fundamental issues and concerns of law students in the areas of career planning and professional development?