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Dean Mitchell Continues to Bury Head in Sand

 

Just saw this over at TaxProf:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 74,000 new lawyer jobs this decade, while American law schools will produce more than 400,000 graduates.

“It’s not clear to me there’s an oversupply problem at all.”

So says Lawrence Mitchell, Law School Dean at Case Western, and scribe of the NYT op-ed, Law School is Worth the Money, last November that I (and many othersskewered.

pinocchio1I really don’t even know where to start. I fall on the optimistic end of the spectrum when looking at the law school disaster and I can’t even begin to understand or justify Dean Mitchell’s statement. Flat out, full stop, there is an oversupply of lawyers. To even begin to claim otherwise, especially when you’re a law school dean with intimate knowledge of the industry, is lying.

Not being disingenuous, or mistaken, or having a difference of opinion. L-Y-I-N-G.

New lawyers have to hustle now more than ever just to get by. Don’t get me wrong, it’s also a time of great opportunities if you’re willing to bust your butt, stand out, and take chances.

But saying there isn’t an oversupply problem when looking at those numbers from the Bureau of Labor statistics is ridiculous.

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  3. Common Sense Prevails

    It’s not clear to me that this guy has any brains!  Who is he kidding?  He wants his fat paycheck.  Never trust a man whose paycheck depends on his not understanding the obvious.  This guy is a joke.  A sad joke.

  4. Common Sense Prevails

    This guy is an irresponsible CREEP!  He wants his fat paycheck!  He needs to cut his law school in half or close it!  He has to know this but, of course, if he accepts that proposition in hits his wallet.   Conflict of interest?

  5. Common Sense Prevails

    Never trust a man whose paycheck depends on his not understanding the obvious.  Need I say more?

  6. Common Sense Prevails

    This guy claims to run a business.  What does he know about taking risks that a real businessman takes?  He gets his check even though he produces (widgets) law school graduates that he can’t sell in the marketplace.

  7. Common Sense Prevails

    This guy talks about low income people not being served.  THAT IS THEIR EXCUSE FOR PUMPING OUT A GLUT OF LAW GRADUATES.   WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED LAWYERS AND IF THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO SERVE THESE POOR PEOPLE THAN HOW DOES PUMPING OUT MORE OF THEM FIX THE PROBLEM?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  THIS GUY IS A TOTAL JOKE!

  8. Common Sense Prevails

    Government law jobs are extremely hard to get – States and Cities ARE BROKE!!!  This guy is a joke.

  9. Common Sense Prevails

    NOTICE THAT THIS GUY GIVES NO ANSWER OF ANY SPECIFICS ABOUT HOW MANY OF THE EXTRA 330,000 JOBS WILL BE FILLED BY GOVERNMENT AND LOW INCOME LAWYERS!  HE KNOWS DARN WELL THAT IT WILL BE NOT BE A MEANINGFUL AMOUNT OF THOSE 330,000 JOBS.  HE IS DISTRACTING PEOPLE FROM THE 330,000 PEOPLE WITH SOFT TALK AND NO HARD FACTS OR METRICS TO HOLD HIM DOWN.  HOW MANY FRIEND?  GIVE US A NUMBER.  STOP PLAYING US.  IS IT 10,000 or 100,000.  YOU ARE MASSAGING US WITH B.S., SO THAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FAT PAYCHECK.  YOU TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY TRYING TO GET JOBS FOR YOUR GRADUATES – 2 MONTHS YOU SAY, WELL NICE JOB BUSINESSMAN, YOU MISSED THE MARK BY NEARLY 40%!  THAT’S AN “F”.  IF YOU WERE A REAL BUSINESSMAN YOU WOULD BE FIRED DUE TO INCOMPETENCE – 60% SUCCESS RATE IS PROBABLY AN “F” AN YOUR LAW SCHOOL, RIGHT?  CREEP!

  10. Common Sense Prevails

    Never trust a man whose paycheck depends on his not understanding the obvious.  Need I say more?

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