As law schools try to convince students to keep applying despite the industry’s terrible job market, a horribly discouraging picture posted to Reddit last week blows all pro-law school arguments out of the water.
Reddit user sfsam415 posted a picture entitled “First job outa law school” to the site three days ago. Contrary to what many law school advocates say, the picture doesn’t show sfsam415 sitting in an office or arguing in court, but rather, standing behind a register at what looks like a big box store.
Editor’s Note: Posts on Reddit are anonymous, so we can’t verify the user’s identity.
The picture caused quite an uproar on the site, with commenters bashing law schools for reporting misleading employment statistics and failing to fix the current system.
But there is still hope for the legal industry.
St. Louis University School of Law’s interim dean Tom Keefe Jr., among other prominent leaders, has been advocating for a total overhaul to the current educational system in an effort to save students thousands of dollars.
And New York University Law School announced plans in October to change up its third year of school — a year that has been called essentially useless by many legal academics.
Now if law schools could just follow NYU Medical School’s example and institute real, sweeping changes to the current system, hopefully fewer students will find themselves in sfsam415’s less-than-enviable position.
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