October 11, 2012
The Wu Recipe for Fixing Legal Education
In Shrinking Law Schools, Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean of UC Hastings College of the Law, writes
Law schools must reduce their J.D. class sizes. They should do so immediately and permanently.
The data are compelling. There are simply too many lawyers and too many law students in the United States nowadays. Only about half of recent graduates of law schools, of which there also are too many, are securing permanent full-time employment in the legal profession at this point.
There, I've said it. Indeed, my law school has taken action.
Ah, OK. What Dean Wu fails to mention anywhere in his opinion piece is that when Hastings cut its class size by 20% it also jacked up its in-state tuition in a single year by 15% (to $48K) and cut its payroll costs -- staff but not law faculty -- by approximately 10%. Less students, higher tuition, staff cutbacks but don't touch the faculty ranks ... is this the recipe for reforming the legal academy?
From a more detailed deconstruction of Wu's article, see Inside the Law School Scam's Wu-less. [JH]
Posted by: Email Extractor | Oct 17, 2012 3:01:04 AM
Typical. A few weeks back there was an article in the Los Angeles Daily Journal stating that courts were cutting staff positions by about 30% and that non of the staff were getting raises or cost of living adjustments for the forseeable future. Today, I read an article in the Riverside Business Journal that the U.S. Court of Appeals "ordered" that judges were to receive cost of living increases. ORDERED. Screw the staff that busts their humps day in and day out but got to save those judicial pensions!
Posted by: Noel | Oct 12, 2012 7:57:26 AM