Law School Got Real Unpopular Real Fast

Hamilton Nolan · 12/17/14 10:50AM

Here's an encouraging statistic: even though law school graduates now have a much better chance of getting a job than they did just a few years ago, the most recent U.S. law school class is the smallest one in 40 years. Are kids actually getting smarter?

Law School, I Love You

David Shapiro · 07/31/14 11:45AM

Two years ago in August, I rode the B26 bus down Fulton Street through Fort Greene to my law school matriculation ceremony. I wore shoes from a thrift store and a $99 suit from Men's Wearhouse. I was riding the bus because I couldn't get too sweaty in my suit. I texted my mom, "I don't feel ready." She texted me back that I could leave school if I didn't like it. I hadn't done much research. I didn't want to go to law school, but it seemed like it was time.

Law Prof Rips School for Helping Poor Grads and Not Giving Him a Raise

Adam Weinstein · 04/17/14 10:25AM

Hell hath no fury like Rob Illig, University of Oregon securities law professor, emailing furiously for ANSWERS as to why his school is indulging in "white-man's guilt" by assisting recent graduates working in nonprofit law instead of raising his six-figure salary.

Recession Finally Reaches Law School Professors

Hamilton Nolan · 08/12/13 02:52PM

Law school, long a cushy institution that charged steep prices in exchange for steeper rewards, is seeing its popularity crumble along with the job prospects of law school graduates. Now, it seems, the crisis's claws are sinking into the most vulnerable victims: law school professors.

Hamilton Nolan · 07/18/13 11:51AM

A law degree will, on average, earn you an extra $1 million over the course of your miserable lifetime.

Second-Tier Law School Dean Desperately Assures You That Law School Is Still a Great Buy

Hamilton Nolan · 11/29/12 04:18PM

Lawrence Mitchell is the dean of Case Western Reserve University's law school, ranked #67 by US News, not that a doctor of jurisprudence like Lawrence Mitchell would concern himself with pedestrian matters such as his law school's low, low ranking. No—Lawrence Mitchell is concerned with more elevated matters, such as the wanton meanness of mean people who say mean things about law school. Have persons no respect?

Hamilton Nolan · 10/09/12 04:03PM

Here are ten law schools whose degrees might be able to get you a job. Is your school on this list? No? Oh... shoot.

Law Schools Throwing Money at Anyone Desperate Enough to Attend Law School

Hamilton Nolan · 07/30/12 02:04PM

Since the recession and the cruel pulling-out of the rug from under the notional feet of thousands of fresh-faced law school graduates who'd imagined office-bound lives of leisure in their futures, it's become quite clear to everyone that law school is for suckers. Nobody knows this better than people who run law schools. So what to do? Put themselves out of a job? Haha! No, but seriously, they can offer you a great deal on law school right now.

Yale Creates New, Even More Useless Law Degree

Hamilton Nolan · 07/25/12 11:35AM

Since the recession hit, law school degrees have become so toxic and worthless that they are actually worth less than nothing, because not only do they take all of your money and leave in crushing debt but you can't even get a job with them any more and if you could the job would be horrible. So—how to make a law degree even worse? That took the mindpower that only Yale can offer.