- “Legal employers aren’t hiring very much – that’s the problem.”
- “Cost is the thing.”
- “In the next 3-4 months, we are going to see a crisis hit law schools that will be many times greater than the crisis in legal education that prompted the creation of this task force in the first place…there’s going to be a lot of blood spilled.“
Reconsidering the Conventional Wisdom on the Legal Job Market
In contrast to the problems in the above video, Benjamin Barros (Widener), made a post at the Faculty Lounge entitled Reconsidering the Convential Wisdom on the Legal Job Market:
Over the past year or so, a conventional wisdom has developed about the status of the legal job market. This conventional wisdom has at least three components: (1) Recent graduates are getting law jobs at distressingly low levels. (2) The legal job market is undergoing a profound structural change. (3) The lousy job market is a reflection of these long-term changes, and is not just a product of a recession and slow recovery.
In this and subsequent posts, I will push back against certain aspects of this conventional wisdom. At the outset, however, I want to be very clear about what I am NOT arguing. I am not arguing that the current legal job market is great – it is not.
So who’s correct? The conventional wisdom or Barros?