Thursday, February 19, 2015

Is "coding school" the new law school?

It used to be that if you had liberal arts degree but didn't know what to do with your life, you went to law school.  Not any more.  Now you go to a "computer coding conservatory" for three months with the hope of making mucho moola.  From The Washington Post:

Can tech conservatories save the day?


Once upon a time, if you emerged from college with zero marketable skills but dreams of a safe career path, you went to law school. For three years and $150,000.


Today, it seems, you go to a computer coding boot camp. For just three months and just $15,000.


In the past few years, dozens of these sexy new “coding conservatories” have cropped up around the country. They promise to teach in only a few months the hard skills required to land a stable, high-paying, lifelong career.


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Unlike most training programs, Flatiron [a less than three year old "computer coding conservatory" in NYC] is extraordinarily selective. Its admissions rate of 6 percent rivals Harvard’s. All admits must go through interviews with both co-founders and jump through other hoops such as coding a tic-tac-toe game (even if they have no background in programming). It’s no wonder, then, that employers return again and again to Flatiron for high-quality hires: Flatiron has not only trained these students, but has also pre-screened them to make sure it ends up offering only the most perseverant, passionate, marketable workers around.


This is of course not so dissimilar to the law school model. Talk to any hiring partner at a law firm, and they’ll tell you the reason they recruit at Harvard Law has less to do with what graduates learn there and more with how useful the school’s admissions process is as a screening device.


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Hat tip to JD Underground.


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