And the job market for most lawyers is shrinking, not expanding. Check out this Dealbook Q&A (here) with Michael Trotter. His predictions are sobering.
When you combine the trends in law jobs with the increasing cost of attending law school (check out one of my favorite blogs, The Legal Whiteboard)--and you combine those two things with the fact that most student loans are non-dischargeable--you get a lot of law deans who are facing a lot of sleepless nights. Law professors should also be nervous, because tenure won't protect them from being laid off when their law schools close.
It's time to rethink what we mean when we talk about legal education. That's a complex subject, but it's crucial that law professors have honest, non-turfy, non-pointy-headed-academic discussions about what we're doing and what we should be doing.
Oh, and my Buck Rogers reference in the interview? That's from one of my favorite movies, The Right Stuff. Here's the quote (from the imdb.com site):
Gordon Cooper: You boys know what makes this bird go up? FUNDING makes this bird go up.Yep. No tuition, no school. No bucks, no Buck Rogers.
Gus Grissom: He's right. No bucks, no Buck Rogers.