Saturday, August 3, 2013


I made the mistake of ambling over to the ABA Journal to peruse Law school financing system in need of ‘serious re-engineering,’ task force says. Like many media websites, it ranks articles by views, comments, and e-mail forwards. So, what is this presTTTigious "profession" focused on this summer weekend?

As we can see, the Cooley suit and the law school financing reform article didn't interest readers as much as treadmill desks. The ranking changes in real time and both articles fell off the page while I was typing this.

I confidently predict that a Stetson associate dean scraping gum off her shoe would garner more interest from ABA Journal readers than a judge agreeing law school is a total scam. Especially if she was blowing a prospect at the time.

P.S.: Ignore the $15/hr contract article, #8. That's just a figure some scambloggers fabricated before being caught and excoriated by sharp-eyed law academics. Lawyers really make tons of money, as well-documented by a pair of Seton Hall and Rutgers professors. Big pimpin'.

July 2013

July 2013 featured a 2,800-worker gain over June, subject to the usual wholesale revision up or down. Year-over-year was a little better than flat.

Three-year growth was around 16,000. It would have been a lot larger but for the massive earnings potential of a JD luring holders away from law and into even more lucrative endeavors, making recruiting difficult. I'll get to Simkovic's paper eventually. In the interim, I encourage the terminally credulous to enroll somewhere, anywhere this fall. Remember the ABA motto, "It's a mistake to retake."

Not seasonally adjustedJuly20121,135,100
Seasonally adjustedJuly20121,123,200
Change from Jun-13 to