This article should be re-titled as "Over three fourths of Texas law grads well-poised to make make millions over lucrative legal careers." It's literally the exact same title for anyone who understands math and shyster economics.
This isn't the only part of the article that can be rewritten for a more intelligent audience. For example, review this line:
More than 13 percent of newly minted Texas lawyers are unemployed, which is actually worse than in 2010 — the year the Great Recession hit the Texas legal industry the hardest — when 9 percent of Texas law school graduates could not find a job after graduation.Let's make this discourse a bit more adult and less chock full of mom's basement depression.
Due to the booming national economy outside of law school, more graduates than ever are seeking opportunities in exciting new industries. While only thirteen percent of law graduates are unemployed, that's actually an increase over 2010, when more graduates opted for the safe legal careers readily available to those holding law degrees.In the yester-year, journalists understood these things. Now, this new generation just can't throw a bone to convoluted wealth transfer schemes. Look at this offensive rubble:
Independent legal industry analysts point to several factors, including low oil prices hurting the economy and drastic tort reform measures that limited or ended various kinds of litigation.Biased hearsay. Let's rewrite:
Attention-seeking communists point to contracting needs for legal services, but completely ignore the massive need for lawyers to understand continually more ambiguously complex corporate regulations, and further ignore the immense justice gap caused by poor people not being to afford legal services at their present stratospheric rates, which can only come down through a higher supply of labor to those of us who only look at self-serving solutions.Simple correction of these biases fixes kinks that occur later in the article. To wit, this:
Recent data indicates that the demand for legal services has remained flat since the end of the Great Recession.Is easily and consistently rewritten to this:
The number of full-time practicing lawyers in Texas increased by less than 3,500 during the past four years — from 37,600 in 2012 to 41,000 now, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Yet, the nine Texas law schools — 10 once the University of North Texas College of Law graduates its first class next year — continue to pump out more than 2,000 new lawyers annually.
Texas law schools continue to meet their social responsibility by graduating more than enough lawyers to meet the demand for legal services. Despite some publications suggesting that these practices produce a debt-strangled excess to be discarded like the carcasses of dead cows stripped of usable beef and skin, research suggests that these graduates move into orgasm-inducing "JD Advantage" jobs. Obviously, there's not a 1,000-person surplus of dead body lawyers in Texas being spit out annually, That's just cray-cray.At the end of the day, the article need point out only one reliable statistic, which is sadly buried halfway down the article:
On the upside, BLS reports that the median annual salary for practicing lawyers in Texas is $137,000.If anything, there's too few lawyers. No wonder poor people can't afford them if they're bringing home that kind of bacon.
Thank God there's no way to re-write that statistic to make lawyers look bad. We're doing just fine, thank you, and the market can easily absorb 2,000 new lawyers every year in the Lone Star State. Keep pumpin' the golden milkshake, Texas, and America will continue to drink.