Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Miami School of Law "pays" public interest employers to hire its students

In a disturbing sign of the financial times, U. Miami School of Law joins SMU and Duke by "paying" employers to hire its grads.   As Above the Law reports, to qualify for the program, students must go to work for a public interest employer.  Unlike SMU's program under which the school writes a check to employers, Miami - like Duke - will instead pay students a monthly stipend (in this case $2500.00) for up to six months.

Here's the school's official announcement:

The University of Miami School of Law cordially invites you to participate in our newly-created Legal Corps Program for law school graduates. The Legal Corps Program gives you the opportunity to hire graduates from the Class of 2010 to provide legal assistance to your organization, for up to six months, while they receive stipends from the University of Miami School of Law in many instances.

An anonymous source at the school added:

It’s a $2,500 a month stipend. Graduates have to find a public interest position. You can’t just go work for any solo looking to exploit free labor instead of hiring someone.

I wonder if the stipends are funded by tuition dollars? 

You can read the full story from Above the Law here.



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