Saturday, April 28, 2012

Are College Students Majoring in The Best Subjects for the Job Market?

No, according to a New York Times article by Frank Bruni.

"The thing is, today’s graduates aren’t just entering an especially brutal economy. They’re entering it in many cases with the wrong portfolios. To wit: as a country we routinely grant special visas to highly educated workers from countries like China and India. They possess scientific and technical skills that American companies need but that not enough American students are acquiring."

While this article is on college graduates, I think the same thing is true of law school graduates.  I wonder how much applicants and law students actually think about what they want to do when they graduate.  Do they pick the right law school for what they want to do (or do they just rely on U.S. News)?  Do they take the right courses to prepare them for practice?  Of course, the students over at Law Schooled might reply that they haven't been given the opportunity to take the right courses.

In any event, applicants and law students need to think more about what they want to do with their lives, and law schools need to help them.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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