In my opinion, Mitchell's essay is a bunch of baloney. The reality of the law-graduate job market is that salaries are going down and the job market for well-paying attorney jobs is shrinking while the cost of going to law school has become unreasonably expensive.
|Dean Lawerence E. Mitchell:
Nothing to see here, folks: just move along
Meanwhile, as tuition costs keep going up, wages for beginning attorney are going down. Citing a report by the National Association for Law Placement, Judge Aiken pointed out that annual compensation for first-year associate attorneys in private practice went down in 2010. In addition, the demand for new attorneys is shrinking. According to Judge Aiken, “The most recent statistics indicate that, through the year 2018, there will only be 25,000 openings for the law schools’ 45,000 new graduates each year” (p. 907). (This discussion of Judge Aiken's Hedlund opinion comes from one of my earlier blog postings.)
I won't comment further on Dean Mitchell's op ed essay, which was criticized by several people on the web. A very able critique was posted on the "Behind the Law School Scam" blog at http://insidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2012/11/response-to-larry-mitchells-new-york.html
In fact, this robust, feisty and fact-packed blog, which is written by a law professor, is must reading for anyone contemplating law school.
Hedlund v. Educational Resources Institute, Inc., 468 B.R. 901 (D. Or. 2012).
Lawrence E.Mitchell. Law School is Worth the Money. New York Times, November 29, 2012, p. A23.