Two recently published articles depict the effects of the unemployment rate on those who have chosen law school as a career route. Both articles come to the conclusion that law school may no longer be the investment it once was, and applying to law school might not be the wisest choice. An article on Slate.com titled "A Case of Supply v. Demand" depicts the gloomy situation for recent graduates, who face too much competition for too few jobs. The article cites Richard Matasar, the dean of New York Law School, who claims that students "cannot earn enough income after graduation to support the debt they incur." The article concludes that the situation will only be resolved if fewer students attend law school, which ultimately will help supply to meet demand.
Similarly, The New York Times' "Is Law School a Losing Game?" addresses the contradiction that, while many reports show the bleak job market for new lawyers, law schools continue to claim that their graduates have no problem finding work. The article describes that this contradiction occurs because schools are not only including jobs that are specifically law-oriented in their statistics, but rather, they are including any type of employment. According to the article, this could include "waiting tables at Applebees" or "stocking aisles at Home Depot." Clearly, these jobs make it nearly impossible for students to pay back the hefty loans they have incurred after earning a law degree.
These and other similar articles beg the question: if earning a law degree is an unreliable investment for recent college graduates, then what is left to do? Is medical school the only other equally prestigious option? Or is the world changing and our studies should change to meet the new economic setting? What are other ways to wisely invest one's time after graduating college? What do you think?