Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Idaho Desperately Undersaturated

So the main event of this story is mostly a non-issue (they're expanding the Boise program, and they turned down a cap on total enrollment that wouldn't matter anyway), but check out this:

Lewis said there’s an oversupply of attorneys nationwide, but Burnett said those statistics don’t count the 30 percent of UI law graduates who choose to go into another profession, rather than practice law.

Yes, choice. Choice. Burnett, for the record, is Idaho's President. He used to...wait for it...Idaho law dean.

Burnett said Idaho is a net importer of attorneys, with only 28 percent of those admitted to the bar in Idaho in recent years having graduated from the U of I.

“We are nowhere near saturating the legal education market,” Burnett declared. “We are still admitting only about half of the applicants.”

Apparently, if your basement is flooded, you might not be saturated if the water comes from next door.

Nowhere near saturating legal education. I'm trying to come up with commentary but...Jesus, just read that. The man is claiming with a straight face that there's no saturation in legal education. Of course, you can do this when you make up your own definition of "saturation." Again, I guess your basement isn't saturated if there's still water coming in?

If you truly want to understand the bushido of the Scam, you have to reengineer your whole mind into believing the utter bullshit that flows out of your mouth. Burnett likely earnestly believes that 30% of Idaho grads voluntarily choose not to practice and that they need to pump out more grads because importing attorneys is just awful and surely the imports will stop if only you pump out more...

Cue Burnett, January, 2013:

Idahoans pay a “hidden tax” because three-quarters of the new lawyers in the state don’t graduate from the state’s sole public law school at the University of Idaho, the law school’s dean told state lawmakers Wednesday – so they arrive with huge debt loads and charge more for their services.
“Our students come out with five-figure debts not six-figure debts, and they can manage them and they can stay in Idaho. … They can represent communities, they can be public defenders, they can be prosecutors.”

He also noted that law degrees can lead to successful careers for many outside of practicing law, with examples ranging from top corporate CEO’s to the current investment manager of Idaho’s state pension system.

To believe this nonsense and ignore the school's 30% underemployment rate or the fact that 7.7% of the last class set up shop as solos, you just...you have to enter into a whole new plane of consciousness.

No comments:

Post a Comment