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 others) skewered.
I 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.