By Jiesi Zhao
In the past, students were encouraged to attend professional
schools. Law school was no different.
Thus, perhaps tuition rates aren’t so much the problem as the
stagnant economy. Students at top law schools are not guaranteed to
get the same kinds of job offers with the same pay they would have
received less than a decade ago.
In fact, the economic policies by the current administration
have had a significantly poor impact on law students. The
New York Times has reported that “[s]ince 2008, some
15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms have vanished”
and that “[a]ssociates have been laid off, partners nudged out the
door and recruitment programs have been scaled back or eliminated.”
And the general feeling here at the University of Michigan Law
School is that even though there is some hiring and movement going
on, the legal sector is not robust. In fact, many fellow students
have stated a general sense that this year’s hiring numbers are
worse than the previous year’s.
If there ever was a profession that has an interest in getting
the economy re-charged, the legal sector should be at the top of
that list. And it is also yet another indicator of the current
administration’s dismal numbers when it comes to employment rate
for younger persons. More than ever, young people, including
law school students, have an incentive to support changes in economic
Jiesi Zhao is a Foundation activist and a current law school student at the University of Michigan.