This blog is about living the American Dream at the dawn of the new millennium! I am a nameless, mid-20s, bottom 150 Law School Graduate who finds himself marginally attached and awash in a sea of overeducated but underpaid, indentured peers who feel, and were, duped by the promise of a better life through debt and modern chemistry. Let's get to the point. The Law School Industrial Complex is a scam that has destroyed a generation out of greed. Vendettas were once legal and the pursuit of one was seen not only as moral, but necessary. This newly minted lawyer is going to continue the practice. DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL YOU MORONS! Ce qui suit est ce qui reste!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oh Hi America, Glad You're Awake!!!



Jesus Tittyfucking Christ.  I take a break, turn around and shit gets real.  First off, long live Libya.

Secondly, now that Occupy Wall Street has been going on for a month it seems that no one who struggles to update their iPads really understands it.  But don't worry everyone!!!  Paul Campos, quasi-secret writer of Inside the Law School Scam and deadbeat loser of his generation, wrote an article about how Baby Boomers, like himself, don't really get the young persons today.  Meanwhile the dead cool kids, either beats or hippies or soldiers or blue collar folks, from Paul's high school class are rolling their eyes from beyond the grave at his smug stupidity.

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In his article, which he either proposed to daily beast for fame or was solicited because it has no genuine content, Paul's opening gambit is this:

"Like many people my age, I have a high-paying and generally pleasant job, which features excellent benefits and a flexible work schedule. I’m also one of those people who, not long ago, would have dismissed the Occupy Wall Street protesters as just another bunch of spoiled kids, indulging in political street theater, while lacking any serious and constructive agenda."

Newsflash assclown Paul! Your cushy life is subsidized entirely by my generation, you motherfucker.  You didn't earn it.  You steal it every time you get on to blather about a topic no one gives a shit about but people my age are forced to sit through just to have a chance to scrape by an honest living.  

Oh wait, remember when a company or a person who actually does something on a daily basis to survive called you up, said that they're dealing with a difficult situation and you swept in like motherfucking Batman providing your expertise and mad skills?  Remember that Paul?!  When you fixed up a fucked up situation proving that you had something useful to contribute other than the prestige afforded by your dying profession?  Or even your half-hearted lamentations that one of your better students probably killed himself because you were too clueless and/or indifferent to help when you actually could have? Nope none of us remember that one either.

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Campos admits, 

"I am, in other words, part of what could be called the Clueless Generation. The Clueless Generation is made up of middle-aged, professionally successful people, who grew up in a nation that featured a mostly thriving economy, low-cost higher education, and some minimal commitment to economic justice."

Congrats on you're 15 minutes of fame you coat-tailing cocksucker.  What you do is the equivalent of a pickpocket, who while explaining their life story and why they're forced into a life of crime continue to fucking rob some bystander.  YOU'RE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE SHEEP YOU'RE CHASTISING YOU HYPOCRITICAL FUCK!  YOU DON'T GET OCCUPY WALL STREET ANY MORE THAN YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE!!!

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He blathers on,

"A lot of us have also become insufferably smug and complacent. Over the past year I was lucky enough to be jolted out of my own smugness and complacency by a series of painful encounters with recent law-school graduates. I began to investigate the question of how many law graduates were getting jobs as lawyers, and discovered that a shocking percentage—more than half—were not."


Remember the scene in Titanic where the rich people watch everyone drown from the safety of their lifeboats and uttered little shocked gasps? Paul had the decency to do it in writing, also probably while covering his mouth with a hankie at the unpleasantness.  At least it's a change of pace from him sucking a dean's puckered asshole, perhaps even a change of flavor.


"My attempts to bring this economic and human crisis to the attention of the law-school world have been met mostly with denial and incomprehension. It seems the Clueless Generation is largely incapable of grasping that this is no ordinary downturn in the business cycle, but rather that America is no longer the same country in which we were so fortunate to come of age."

In the words of Louis CK I would happily suck 1,000 bloody, AIDS infected dicks just so I could get it and then fuck you to death.  

I'll give that bald fuck one thing, he's got some gall.  The kind of gall that makes Bernard Henri Levy, an asshole man who basically takes full credit for Libya's revolution, stop and think, "God damn I wish I could take credit for shit I had nothing to do with like that asshole."  If you read his article, and please don't because I don't want to give the fuck anymore views than absolutely necessary, literally every thought that he espouses as his own learned insight has been beaten to death by the scamblogs for years.  

Shit son, over a year ago I made a long winded discourse about how today's world is a replay of the Robber Baron/Gilded Age and how does Paul end his piece?  Motherfuck.  I'm not the first blogger to notice their shit popping up on more mainstream outlets, but then again we don't have a false image to maintain.

If Paul had a pair he'd either 
1) Quit his fucking job
2) Kill himself
3) Join OWS.  

To my eternal sadness, I don't see any of the above happening.  Thank fuck the Labor Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Antiwar Movement he mentions didn't rely on these kinds of assholes.

I mean really, if the Libyans could overthrow Gaddafi with Facebook after 40 years of iron fisted rule, you old vampire like cocksucking pieces of garbage should be worried.



Till Next Time!!! FUCK YOU OLD MAN!!! I DO WHAT I WANT!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

No Surprise: Law Professors Have Ridiculously Cushy Jobs

Most of the time, when the mainstream press and websites talk about "good" jobs to give job hunters clues or tips on where to invest the next debt load in higher ed, they're full of shit. Every few weeks yahoo or some other site will still post stories citing paralegals and lawyers as having some of the highest paying, rewarding, or "best" jobs in the country.  

But look what I found.

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In a story entitled The Highest Paying Jobs With The Most Time Off, look who occupies the lofty nest at the number 2 spot (judges and magistrates were only ranked at number 9 because they actually have to do even a modicum of work compared to a law professor).

As they explain up front, "The vast majority of high-paying jobs require a significant initial commitment in the form of education, training and tuition, and then hard work while on the job. Most high-paying jobs require significantly more hours on the job than the average American puts in. 24/7 Wall St. has identified nine jobs that pay well above the national median income, while requiring less working hours than average."

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Of course, doctors are examples of the opposite. They must spend eight years in school and an average of five years in residency before they begin to earn their maximum salary. And even though doctors are paid better than most, the salary comes with one of the heaviest schedules. Surgeons, for instance, work an average of 2,835 hours per year — the equivalent of five more months over the 2,006 hours the average American works.
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Coincidentally, lawyers and law professors love to have a pissing contest over egos with the medical profession.  I honestly think the institution long battle, which doctors almost always win, was at least on some level a driving factor behind the rise of medmal cases.


After reviewing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24/7 Wall St. identified jobs that pay the most for the least amount of work. Most of these positions still require a great deal of training, but once completed, the amount of work drops significantly.

#2       Law Teachers, Post-secondary
> Hours worked/year: 1,608
> Median hourly earnings: $82.85
> No. employed: 14,620
> Hours worked/week: 40.3
> Median annual income: $94,260
> Top annual income: $145,990
While the entire list could have just been comprised of different types of college professors, we listed only the highest-paying position. Law professors have a median income approaching $100,000, and have a top range of nearly $150,000. Becoming a law professor only requires a law degree, although many today also have a Master of Laws and even a PhD. The time spent seems well worth it. Besides the generous salary, the enjoy unique benefits, “including access to campus facilities, tuition waivers for dependents, housing and travel allowances, and paid leave for sabbaticals,” according to the BLS. Between these sabbaticals and the summer vacation, most professors work nearly 400 hours less than the average U.S. employee. Money Magazine and Salary.com rated college professors at No.2 in their 2006 Best Jobs in America annual report.

Now you see why the Law Prof's Blog has led to so much criticism from his "learned" brethren and what Nando and others have talked about at much greater length than I.  If the Law School Scam is a form of modern day slavery as many seem to posit, then the Dean, Presidents, and Administrative "Professors" own the plantations but the Professors are the ones cracking the whips.  

The fewer people know or understand what is going on, the better it is for them.

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Till Next Time!!! Get a Real Job You Sons of Bitches!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Born Into This: Well That's A Surprise

Just because these commericals make me sick and it's a great way to start the week.  Not to get all weird and out there but sometimes my posts speak for themselves and anything I add is meaningless.




"Dinosauria, we"

Born like this
Into this
As the chalk faces smile
As Mrs. Death laughs
As the elevators break
As political landscapes dissolve
As the supermarket bag boy holds a college degree
As the oily fish spit out their oily prey
As the sun is masked
We are
Born like this
Into this
Into these carefully mad wars
Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness
Into bars where people no longer speak to each other
Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings
Born into this
Into hospitals which are so expensive that it's cheaper to die
Into lawyers who charge so much it's cheaper to plead guilty
Into a country where the jails are full and the madhouses closed
Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes
Born into this
Walking and living through this
Dying because of this
Muted because of this
Castrated
Debauched
Disinherited
Because of this
Fooled by this
Used by this
Pissed on by this
Made crazy and sick by this
Made violent
Made inhuman
By this
The heart is blackened
The fingers reach for the throat
The gun
The knife
The bomb
The fingers reach toward an unresponsive god
The fingers reach for the bottle
The pill
The powder
We are born into this sorrowful deadliness
We are born into a government 60 years in debt
That soon will be unable to even pay the interest on that debt
And the banks will burn
Money will be useless
There will be open and unpunished murder in the streets
It will be guns and roving mobs
Land will be useless
Food will become a diminishing return
Nuclear power will be taken over by the many
Explosions will continually shake the earth
Radiated robot men will stalk each other
The rich and the chosen will watch from space platforms
Dante's Inferno will be made to look like a children's playground
The sun will not be seen and it will always be night
Trees will die
All vegetation will die
Radiated men will eat the flesh of radiated men
The sea will be poisoned
The lakes and rivers will vanish
Rain will be the new gold
The rotting bodies of men and animals will stink in the dark wind
The last few survivors will be overtaken by new and hideous diseases
And the space platforms will be destroyed by attrition
The petering out of supplies
The natural effect of general decay
And there will be the most beautiful silence never heard
Born out of that.
The sun still hidden there
Awaiting the next chapter. 


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Pretty much sums everything up.

Till Next Time!!! Free Libya!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

8 Reasons Why You're All Sheeple

Let's be honest, if you're reading this blog or your sympathies lie with the scambloggers and their ilk, it's very likely that you are one of the "awakened" who will rail against the law school cartel or any one of the other social evils that you may care about in today's technological utopia.  

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But cut the shit, in reality you are a passive & obedient audience.  If you went to law school or are in it now, I likely know exactly who you are.  You're that kid who burned intensely on the inside but would kowtow to anyone who asked it from you whether it was a professor who you sought praise from like pidgeons with breadcrumbs, or the "cool" kids in school on the chance you would go to a party.  Meanwhile everyone kept giving it to you from behind.

Did you know that at one point, before humans bred them to moronic domestication, that cows were highly intelligent creatures capable of leaping great heights and minor problem solving?  I guess what I'm saying is that my generation has become retarded meat cows meandering towards the slaughter house with a hop, skip and a jump...sorry I know it stings.

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I thought, at one naive point, that if I and others wrote about all of this shit going down it might call some to action.  For some time now, my brethren have tried to develop actual protests at actual law schools with real live human beings rather than just whine on the internet to no avail.  Not so much.

Given the past decade or so of political events and historical decisions, I've often wondered why universities, rather than being a hotbed of political activity like in the 1960's and 1970's leading the charge for change, we now have campus after campus of these glazed over zombie idiots sucking on their pacifiers of social media, drug abuse, consumer culture and reality television.


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Oh wait, I'm not the only one.  Here's someone else's top 8 reasons why America's youth blow donkey balls (i.e. London Riots Why You No Happen In America?)

1) Student loan debt
2) Psychopathologizing and Medicating Noncompliance
3) Education for Compliance's Sake and Not for Democratic Critical Thinking
4) Bullshit "Education" Laws like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top
5) Shaming People Who Don't Have 2 or 3 useless Higher Ed Receipts for Getting Scammed Degrees
6) Normalized Big Brother Surveillance
7) Television
8) Fundamental Religion and Fundamental Consumerism


This comes from Barry Levine a misguided anarchistic liberal hippie fag according to most Americans who would be polled about the subject is a PhD but is also a practicing clinical psychologist, unlike every law professor I've ever met, who just wrote a book entitled "Get Up Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite."

Agree? Disagree? I don't care, it's likely true.

Here is the full article



Christ, even our generation's "protest music" is mainstream and corporatized. FML.

Till Next Time!!! BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL? YES SIR! YES SIR! 3 DEGREES AGO!!!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The End is Nigh, I'm Getting Out While I Still Can

When I started this blog a little over a year ago now, which is terrifying/depressing/amazing to think about, I thought that it was really just the law students who had it bad. But I take a break and it turns out the whole world is fucked...although I'd still argue the law grads have it especially bad because they had some self-perceived potential and nothing hurts like a lifetime of regret does it?

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Well of course I don't mean that literally.  I've come across more people who've had it way worse and will have a harder, more suicidal inducing life than I could ever dream or contemplate.  Besides the stock market that's covered to death, the economy, the wars, the looting in London, a law professor finally admitting we're totally right and not in a toe-dipping you can go fuck a tree way like Brian Tamanaha-haha-fuck you did half heartedly, there's also Somalia...yea you see it on CNN through the day so that Sanjay Gupta has something to do with his medical training and to try and distinguish it's market share, but most people couldn't give two shits about the fact that Somalis are dying en mass again.  

I could discuss any one of these developments just to post, as if anything I could possibly contribute would matter...which is very tempting.  Unfortunately, what I think or would post really doesn't matter to the people actually involved or to me.  That's the vanity of the internet, especially a blog with my kind of web traffic.  


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I do want to mention one thing and that is the famine in Somalia, because in some ways that's a metaphor that reflects everything else.  An inexcusable lack of will to do what is in the best interest of everyone, and not in some kind of hippie commie socialist political bent, but in the kind of basic human decency that makes society possible.  But I anticipate myself.

When I started this blog I was in a very different place than I am now.  Part of the change is due simply to the passage of time.  As I was one of those idiots who went straight through school to school for 20 years of my life and from college to law school what could have been expected?  But a break wasn't really an option for me because that's "not what you do if you want to succeed."  I was told to follow my dreams, reach for the stars and no goal was too grandiose.  Good lord did that turn out to be wrong in so many ways.

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The sad thing is that I have classmates I graduated with who went on even further to get LLMs, Master's, Doctorates, or even started a totally different bachelor's degree again for all the wrong reasons.  As if the system works and the problem is that they just chose the wrong combination.  It's a sad sad thing...anyway.

I started this blog for 3 reasons:

First, I had a lot of spare time as I continued to search for legal jobs, until I finally gave up (unless you've been on a long term job hunt you wouldn't understand how I could possibly waste precious search time for something like this).

Second, I was commenting on other blogs all the time so I figured I might as well do it since it was pretty easy to do (someone mentioned that they loved my comments and my lack of self esteem at the time sought out some form of positive reinforcement).

Third, I still think, and always will, that the law school educational system is a massive fraud on its participants that ruins them in a lot of different ways for life.  Many others focused on the debt load and I suppose that is the most readily identifiable and tangible evidence, but I've also focused on the sociological/psychological/spiritual impacts of a legal education, the experience of law school, and the "reintegration" into society and the job market afterwards.  I wanted to be a whistleblower in some small ways that "Hey, there's a crime being committed over here! Someone do something!"


But at this point, none of those reasons really matter and it's not worth it to me to keep going on with this blog.

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So what does this have to do with Somalia?

Well, for me, Somalia is the ultimate, tragic example of a society that loses the ability to govern itself in any way, shape or form.  Whether it's in terms of the rule of law, politics or just very basically how you treat a complete stranger when you're both facing tough choices.  Of course it's more complicated and the first world white kids who spend prolonged vacations in those types of 3rd world hell holes would obviously throw a lot of fancy terms to obfuscate and complicate that basic reality so I won't really waste time going into it.





Unfortunately, I see America as a whole drifting in that direction, and according to the latest polling data so do most Americans.  We're definitely in a period of anomie.  Whether it gets worse, only time will tell.  The law school scam is just one small part of all of that and has to do with a larger part of the rotting away of the very basic building blocks that make up a country and a people (besides the obvious like culture, history, race, religion etc.).  That's also one of the reasons why I hate the ABA so much.  Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice.  Biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard.  That organization hasn't helped a god damn person ever.
 

I thought that perhaps by visiting, commenting, and blogging about the scam that I could have some kind of small impact on the uninformed morons who were considering perpetuating the scam by attending law school.  I should have known better.  Like Laoco├Ân warning the Trojans about the horse, no good deed goes unpunished (incidentally he was killed by the gods for his warning).

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My 5 or so week break from the entirety of the scam blogs was very refreshing.  In all honesty it's the last real tie I have to the legal world or the legal community.  Besides my CLE credits which I'm sure I'll let lapse in another year or so, I have about as much of a relationship with the law as Esquire Painting.  

To truly confess, the only reason I even took the bar exam was for ego's sake.  I didn't want to be one of those sad regretful fucks I knew, like people who took it 5 or 6 or more times, and just to be a J.D. and dream of being able to practice (literally there was another rich kid from down the street where I grew up who is still trying to pass and keeps telling himself that he's gonna be a lawyer someday).  I lied to myself that to "make it real" I had to take the bar exam and get my license.  Afterwards, I felt like I could finally close the book on my law school mistake.

I knew I would have little to no chance of ever having one of the "good" law jobs with my degree, that fate was sealed at about the same time that I accepted the offer letter from my school. Even with all of the resume fillers that I managed to waste a tremendous amount of my life "earning" so that I could list them, I didn't stand a chance.  Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it's not.  I honestly think the school you go to has very little relationship with your quality as an attorney.

And I think since I graduated, where you went to school matters less and less.  You're all fucked now.  Some of my brethren at the scamblogs have explained it to much more accurate detail than I could have hoped to do.  Trust me.  In all likelihood you're fucked if you go to law school.  You might as well be playing Russian roulette with your future.

I guess could have used family connections to get a "good" law job I suppose--in fact I know that I could have gotten into a number of "respectable" midsize to big law firms with a call from my father.  In fact, all of my wealthier classmates from law school did just that, and you run into a lot of them in the bottom tier, but I would have felt cheap and even more useless had I chosen that route.  

In good conscience I couldn't have done that and still respected myself.  It also would have felt like a betrayal of my friends from school who were more able, willing and worked harder than I ever did but lacked the same luck as me.  For some strange reason I still believe that a society should be a meritocracy for some odd reason.  Foolish?  Probably.  Naive? Almost certainly.  But that's really the problem that all of this comes down to isn't it? 

Whether it's the law school scam or Somalia, it's amazing how much could be prevented by "Do No Harm" or following the "golden rule."  All the excuses that people come up to justify the existence of their law school and the scam--like the overpaid criminal deans, the nutty and out of touch professors or the totally worthless career placement people are all doing the same thing--Looking out for themselves at the expense of others.  


I honestly can't believe that it's easier to do that than to find another way that lets both parties come out with a mutual benefit.  I could have sworn I read that somewhere in a contracts book somewhere.  Unjust enrichment...I read that somewhere too.





But for the sake of full disclosure, the main benefit of this blog was for me.  All of the arguments I made or points raised in posts were really a form of self therapy, similar to some methods used by some psychologists to this day although usually it isn't done in a way for public consumption when working with patients.  That's also the main reason why I've so fiercely protected my anonymity, who I am makes very little difference to you but it's very important to me for very personal reasons.  The biggest surprise benefit for me was that by visiting the other blogs and reading the other comments, I learned that I wasn't the only one.  There is definitely a shared sense of experience and community around having gone through law school, but even more so among scambloggers and people who can honestly talk about the experience (instead of the kind of assholes they bring in to talk to 1L's about how to study or what they're greatest experience was as they were gang raped educated).  For that connection, I'm very grateful as it really helped.

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Each post forced me to re-examine and reflect on what I'd been through at law school and how I blamed myself and why that was wrong.  Now don't misunderstand me, I absolutely hope that each law suit closes down every school named.  I think that the administrators should be tarred and feathered.  And professors, well at least the professors at my school were basically as bad off as the students themselves.  In reality, I saw most of them as professional students who'd spent so much time in the academy that they had no other real career options.  

But ultimately, I felt and still do feel to some extent that the negative experiences and consequences I suffered as a result of law school were my fault.  I'm still a personal responsibility type, and I let myself be stupid enough to buy into the myth and the lie and I paid for it dearly.  I thought that maybe I could save a few others from that same fate, and I did in some instances, but the vast majority of lemmings I've encountered are on a suicidal hell bent mission to ruin their lives.  They'll have to deal with that on their own and come to terms with it in their own time as I've done.  The way I look at it now is like having been in a car accident.  It was way worse than I thought, it cost a fortune and I'll be living with the memory and resulting injuries for the rest of my life.   Does it determine everything? No but it'll certainly be a big factor.


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Well if you're still with me, I'll likely have 1 final post before I probably peter out and disappear into the electronic ether forever.  I'll also probably have it be entirely pictures rather than a long, winding stream of bullshit.  I may post a comment from time to time on other blogs.  Hell, I may even post something ridiculous in the future if the mood strikes.  But for me it's time to put this away and let others carry the weight for a while.
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Till Next Time!!!  This is the end if you want it!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The New Normal: I Predict It Will Get Worse Each Year

I always wondered what a tulip farmer in 17th century Holland felt like just before the bubble burst and the flowers were worthless.  



I'm guessing it looked like this if I were going to try to use math and science:



Why the tulip talk?  The NALP just released the latest findings, for some reason I'd think they'd hide this shit, but here's the link.

Guess what? The non-recessionary collapse of the legal job market continues!!!

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I thought the class of 2009 was fucked but look at the poor bastards from 2010:

- Fewer employed graduates obtaining jobs in law firms — 50.9% compared with 55.9% for the Class of 2009

- Relatively fewer jobs in the largest firms and relatively more jobs in firms of 50 or fewer attorneys. Over half of the law firm jobs — 53% — taken by the Class of 2010 were in firms of 50 or fewer attorneys, compared with 46% for the class of 2009. 

- The percentage of employed graduates taking jobs in private practice decreased by about 5 percentage points for both men and women, and stood at 55.4% and 51.9%, respectively. 

- Over one-quarter of jobs — nearly 27% — were reported as temporary.

- Jobs in academic settings are at an all time high, up by more than 500 jobs since 2008, and accounting for 3.7% of jobs taken.

- The number of jobs in public interest organizations, a category which includes legal services and public defenders, has similarly increased -- accounting for 6.7% of the jobs taken by the Class of 2010. Much of this increase reflects the fact that these two sectors account for the bulk of law school efforts to provide employment opportunities — often part-time and short-term — for their graduates. Such opportunities accounted for an estimated 2.7% of all jobs for the class of 2010.

- Of employed graduates from the Class of 2010, 22.7% were seeking a different job, about the same as for the Class of 1994 (when NALP first started collecting this information), which was a class that also faced a challenging market. 

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James Leipold actually summed it up rather well:

"We have been watching this market deteriorate for several years now," Leipold offered when asked about the significance of some of these changes, "but even I was surprised to see that the percentage of graduates employed in a full-time job requiring bar passage had dropped to 64%. In this market far more graduates are stringing together several part-time or temporary jobs to approximate a full-time equivalency for themselves. Leaving clerkships aside, one in five jobs obtained were temporary. That represents a dramatic change in the entry-level market."

But then he takes a hard right into blanket assholeville assumptionville towards the end:

"I think it is also significant that while more graduates are establishing themselves as solo practitioners right out of law school, they seem to be satisfied in that career choice — at least fewer of the solo practitioners are reporting that they are seeking an alternative job nine months after graduation. It may be that going forward, entrepreneurial skills assume much more importance for law school graduates as solo practice becomes the norm for a larger percentage of law school graduates," Leipold concluded."

Hey assclown, if you're basing the assumption that solo practitioners are satisfied in their suicidal career choice as lawyers SOLELY on this fact you're an idiot.  They could be reporting the lack of searching for a number of different reasons BESIDES AND MUCH MORE LIKELY THAN they are "satisfied" with their current legal job.  

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How about they "gave up" for one?  Bartender by night, solo lawyer by day if they find a slip and fall.  Maybe they aren't looking for a different "legal" job because they think or know there's nothing to be found.  

I have friends who are solo's and by no means sugar coat it or had it be their first/primary choice coming right out of school.  "Entry-level" is kind of really fucking important in everything I've seen.  Hey nurse, I know you haven't taken "entry-level" biology or anything but how about you try to transplant this heart for me.

The one benefit for solo's that, at least, they keep what they kill rather than being in a small firm and doing all the work for a pittance. They also don't have to suck dick and kiss ass to the elderly just to keep their position receiving the table scraps of scraps.  Hell maybe they're good at it!  If they are, it's for all the factors that have nothing to do with law school and everything to do with who they are and what they are capable of in the real world (just look at Jose Baez for christ's sake, I'll bet a thousand UVA law grads would take it from the knife dildo in Seven for that kind of win and spotlight).  Point is,  law school is just making it worse not better.  Can't wait to see the "recovery" in 2012!!!

Till Next Time!!!! *See below
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July: Fuck the Working Class Edition




HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! WHO LOVES THE COUNTRY FORMERLY KNOWN AS AMERICA?!?!


Maybe I'm slipping into an old bullshit Marxist narrative but it's really hard to see this kind of shit as anything other than unpublicized class warfare. I say this after reading the following report from the Center for Labor Market Studies:

The “Jobless and Wageless” Recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009: The Magnitude and Sources of Economic Growth Through 2011 I and Their Impacts on Workers, Profits, and Stock Values

Here's the full report link


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Oh look, it's Emory's own Professor Stadler! Happy 4th Prof!!!

Here's the gist of it as reported elsewhere

Between the second quarter of 2009 and the fourth quarter of 2010, real national income in the U.S. increased by $528 billion. Pre-tax corporate profits by themselves had increased by $464 billion while aggregate real wages and salaries rose by only $7 billion or only .1%. Over this six quarter period, corporate profits captured 88% of the growth in real national income while aggregate wages and salaries accounted for only slightly more than 1% of the growth in real national income. The extraordinarily high share of national income (88%) received by corporate profits was by far the highest in the past five recoveries from national recessions.

As the commie propaganda mill national newspaper New York Times points out:

The current economic recovery in the United States has been unusually skewed in favor of corporate profits and against increased wages for workers...The study said that of the previous recoveries since the 1970s, the recovery following the 2000-1 recession was next worst in terms of the share of increased income going to wages and salaries. The study found that 15 percent of income growth went to aggregate wages and salaries in the six quarters after the recovery began following that recession, while 53 percent went to corporate profits. The growth in national income can also go to net interest, rental income or proprietors’ income.

So in summation:



Till Next Time!!! Have Some Hot Dogs & Beer and Vote Against Your Own Interests for Empty Rhetoric!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

This Would Be Funnier If It Weren't True


Fellow Federalist Society nerds who disagree with the cartoonist!! Assemble in the comments to eat out Scalia's &!@!$*& in sycophantic admiration!!!!

This is the same Supreme Court that is also led by a closeted homosexual with Aryanish test tube babies according to some a man who reads a poem every year by Samuel Johnson entitled "The Vanity of Human Wishes" because that's the kind of reading material you really want the literal figurehead of "justice" to read on ceremony.  Also Scalia refuses to ever ever discuss the Bush decision (fun reading in Toobin's The Nine, the Bush v Gore decision made Breyer Ice Cream cry for days).



Till Next Time!!! The Supreme Court is Fucking the Warren Court's Dead Corpses!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Can't Do This Anymore: You Deserve It

It's reached a point where I am starting to believe that the vast majority of these Zero Lemmings get what they deserve.  Over the past several months, I have had numerous conversations with a number of young, under 24 year old, retards prospective law students who are totally committed to going to law school.  If they honestly want to ignore all of the data both quantitative and qualitative and fuck their futures and their spirits, then I say go ahead I hope you prove me wrong (but I know that the vast vast majority of you won't prove me wrong & may likely end up on the end of a hangman's noose or an overdose of Rx drugs).

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A lot of the scambloggers continue to harp on the employment numbers and the complete lack of jobs.  I would think that would be enough to dissuade people who have any form of rational thinking in their decision making paradigm.  I remember one of these "Beware the Ides of March" conversations I've had since I left law school with a bartender who was considering law school.  After about 5 minutes of telling him what's actually going on, he thanked me said he had no idea and would not consider leaving his job, making more than about 99.9% of the law grads from my graduating year, for something that awful.

But let's think of it this way.  Let's say we're totally wrong and you the plucky Zero Lemming will go to law school, pass the bar and make a great paycheck!!!!  Congratulations!!!! You're the winner!!!!

Except for one small detail...you don't know what the practice of law is actually like in the real world.

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What I feel like when I see a zero lemming, you tell me which kid I identify with here.

One of the points I've consistently made is that even IF the job market were reliable with jobs that could provide a living wage, your life is going to suck.  Because the practice of law sucks.


Out of the hundreds of attorneys I know, have worked with, or have encountered, I can count the truly happy and fulfilled ones on a single hand.  Everyone else burns out or quits and it's just a matter of time.  

Regardless of specialty, school, or success---the meat grinder wears lawyers down.  Even before the Great Recession, which by the way had little to nothing to do with the loss of legal jobs, the internal research was showing that the average lawyer quit their first job within 2 years and had left the "practice" of law within 10.  The ones who stay in the practice do so out of a combination of necessity or a lack of imagination/courage.

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I have a friend who has one of those jobs that all of the Zero Lemmings think they're going to get and the law schools love to talk about.  Let's keep it anonymous.  Big law firm in a major city making well over $150,000 a year.  Guess what?  Miserable and over worked.  What do I mean overworked?  I'm not talking oh god I had a long day doing doc review all day, I mean 20 hour days 5 or 6 days a week.  My friend's plan is to do this until the debt is paid off and then looking for a second career.  Total length of practice time at the big law firm?  So far it's been about the same amount of time as it took to get the law degree.


But I am often disheartened by the fact that none of you idiots listen to people trying to help you.  Whether it's family members, strangers, or other practicing attorneys we tried to warn you as best we can but you think you're going to be awesome.  I feel like this is as close to being a crisis counselor as I'll ever get.  Each of these conversations is a metaphor to someone standing on a bridge holding the emergency phone while I try to talk them back from the ledge.  But rather than sounding depressed or morose they are so excited to hit the water.  

You're not unique or special, you're a statistic.  The kind of statistic scambloggers use to prove a point.  You could be more, you should have been more, but you made a shitty decision for all the wrong reasons.


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I've thought of a lot of structural changes that would need to happen for things to go well and to prevent this fate for so many, but I don't ever see it happening.  The ABA certainly isn't going to do it.  Paring down class sizes by the numbers that the schools are actually doing might touch on the overproduction in a few decades if they were all doing it until the numbers actually matched the need and the population.  Besides it's in the schools economic interest to keep the scam going, it's way way too profitable as long as you idiots keep wanting to go.  So that leaves it up to the individual.  When I went to school there wasn't really even the term scamblog and you didn't have major media outlets questioning law school on a regular basis as they do today.  I know I was someone who had no good reason to go to law school or have anything to do with the profession, but it's too late for me.  You still have a chance you fucking imbeciles.
 



Dealing with Zero Lemmings is as if Scrooge just said "Fuck off," to the spirit of his dead partner who amazingly came back from the grave solely to save his quasi-friend.  The whole reason why A Christmas Carol is amazing and has survived for so many years in so many adaptations is that most of us don't get a Marley moment, a second chance to avoid a terrible fate.  Not for the Zero Lemming, they are the type who would have told Marley to Fuck Off.  I'm done with you morons.

Till Next Time!!! Go Play a Nice Game of Hide and Go Fuck Yourself!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Another Useless Degree

Since BIDER showcased one for Law Schools, I thought I'd add this one about PhD's.

My favorite bits are right up front:

21% of retards kids are going on to grad school

58% have to be supported on some level by parents

440% increase in cost for the same degree in the past 25 years

Just under half drop out by 3rd year with no Degree






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Notice what the woman at the Law Degree sign is wearing?
(**Hint - it's Starbucks apron implying that she is serving coffee not motions)


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Mail back the acceptance form later this summer and that could be you too Zero Lemmings!!!

Till Next Time!!! Feed the Rich, Go to School Today!!!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Now They're Going to Screw the Africans, Again

You know, a lot of the scambloggers and other students facing 6 figure debt are rightly pissed at being defrauded and indebted by the unprosecuted criminals in the Cartel/Higher Education Industrial Complex.


But this really puts it into context for me at what the future holds, not just the DOE coming with SWAT teams to collect on your defaulting ass.


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Not content to only ruin/run the lives of the indentured educated on this continent, now the ivory towers are going to be waging war on literally some of the poorest people on the planet.

Here's the full story


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Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land, according to a new study.

My first thought is why the fuck does Harvard and other universities want to own land in Africa?  Then I realized....

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This is a fascinating development.  I'd be willing to bet you a shiny buffalo nickel that at some point in the future you're going to see universities using these massive land purchases as "real world laboratories" for their students in the fields of agriculture, biology, international development, etc.  Or they may not be that inventive, and just use it as a major money making venture for the coming food shortage. 

Hey! Why don't we use the same techniques with food production that we used with financial products and derivatives!!! Nothing bad happened because of that!!!

The new report on land acquisitions in seven African countries suggests that Harvard, Vanderbilt and many other US colleges with large endowment funds have invested heavily in African land in the past few years. Much of the money is said to be channelled through London-based Emergent asset management, which runs one of Africa's largest land acquisition funds, run by former JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs currency dealers.

Researchers at the California-based Oakland Institute think that Emergent's clients in the US may have invested up to $500m in some of the most fertile land in the expectation of making 25% returns.

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I also guaran-fucking-tee you that they will use the same kind of spin and public relations language the King Leopold of Belgium used when describing his raping and pillaging in the Congo.  Oh wait here we go...

Emergent said the deals were handled responsibly. "Yes, university endowment funds and pension funds are long-term investors," a spokesman said. "We are investing in African agriculture and setting up businesses and employing people. We are doing it in a responsible way … The amounts are large. They can be hundreds of millions of dollars. This is not landgrabbing. We want to make the land more valuable. Being big makes an impact, economies of scale can be more productive."


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Yes, because American Universities have done such a fantastic job "investing" and "employing" their own graduates at home I'm sure we should be exporting it.  You know Subprime regularly covers financial data and commodities like gold and silver etc.  I thoroughly enjoy reading those posts as well as his perspective. 

However, all of that shit is worthless compared to the coming fight for basic Food and Water.  Similarly, in Africa this has been going on for years to little or no attention being paid.

I'm just fascinated by the universities getting in on this as well.  I guess it would be similar to defense contractors in the military industrial complex like Lockheed Martin expanding beyond their big moneymaker into other markets and products.  I mean Harvard is going to be launching it's own fashion line.

So where does business end and education begin in today's world? 

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"We have seen cases of speculators taking over agricultural land while small farmers, viewed as squatters, are forcibly removed with no compensation," said Frederic Mousseau, policy director at Oakland, said: 

"This is creating insecurity in the global food system that could be a much bigger threat to global security than terrorism. More than one billion people around the world are living with hunger. The majority of the world's poor still depend on small farms for their livelihoods, and speculators are taking these away while promising progress that never happens."

Till Next Time!!!  We are all pawns on a chess board!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

You and Your Parents Are Retards

Speaking of academics trying to "study shit to understand shit," there comes this release out of Georgetown studying what the true "value" of a college degree is according to their research.  Here's a link to the whole webpage they devoted specifically to this study.

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Now let's ignore the fact that this comes from the same institution whose traditionally prestigious law school was featured as having 1 in 3 be completely fucked in the ass unable to find legal employment.

Not surprisingly the Hoyas didn't turn that critical inquiry onto their own programs or graduate degrees.

Some of my favorites are this:

The top 10 majors with the highest median earnings are: Petroleum Engineer ($120,000); Pharmacy/pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration ($105,000); Mathematics and Computer Sciences ($98,000); Aerospace Engineering ($87,000); Chemical Engineering ($86,000); Electrical Engineering ($85,000); Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering ($82,000); Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Mining and Mineral Engineering (each with median earnings of $80,000).

Do you see Law right up there at the very top?....Oh wait...nevermind.

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How about at the bottom of the heap?


The 10 majors with the lowest median earnings are: Counseling/Psychology ($29,000); Early Childhood Education ($36,000); Theology and Religious Vocations ($38,000); Human Services and Community Organizations ($38,000); Social Work ($39,000); Drama and Theater Arts, Studio Arts, Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Visual and Performing Arts, and Health and Medical Preparatory Programs (each at $40,000).

So essentially, if your degree has anything even remotely related to the flourishing of the human spirit or helping people realize their full potential in terms of what it means to be a human...you might as well go into porn because that's the only "human" element anyone gives a fuck about.


In today‟s challenging jobs economy, there are some fields with virtually no unemployment: Geological and Geophysical Engineering; Military Technologies; Pharmacology, and School Student Counseling. 

While majors with the highest unemployment rates are in the fields of: Social Psychology (16 percent); Nuclear Engineering (11 percent); and Educational Administration and Supervision (11 percent).

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As the potential "good watering holes" for employment and earnings get out, you'll see more people flock to it which is a point I've made about pharmacists for some time as many see the future of that profession going the way of the law.

Well what about those sad useless fucks intrepid future zero lemmings who major in pre-law?   

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Well I'm sure that the reason why law is in the lower-middle of the heap is because you need that JD, LLM & bar license to realize the full earning potential at the end of the path?!


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Guess what the point of this and other scamblogs are?

Till Next Time!!! Watch out the Dept of Education Be Knocking Down Your Door For that Money!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Requiem for a Generation: How They Fuck Themselves

It's reaching a point, where this makes little to no sense anymore.  Although the following is the only explanation for the kind of Lemming phenomenon I have observed amongst the prospective or "future" law students.

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So, a bunch of academics who try to "learn shit" studied 3,079 "young adults" about debt in the college and grad school attendees out there today.  The results were striking.  The researchers looked at 2 types of debt: loans taken out to pay for college, and total credit-card debt.


But here are the findings that make me want to put a rope around my neck  some depressing highlights:

"Debt can be a good thing for young people – it can help them achieve goals that they couldn't otherwise, like a college education," said Rachel Dwyer, lead author of the study and assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State University."

Maybe if it is manageable and leads to an actual "ROI" as some people call it, which I hate because it turns this whole thing into a financial decision only as if we're betting, which is how the very first insurance companies began in England, on what the likely outcome will be...which is how we got into this Recession in the first place.

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"Debt can be a positive resource for young adults, but it comes with some significant dangers,' Dwyer said. 'Young people seem to view debt mostly in just positive terms rather than as a potential burden.'"

They looked at how both forms of debt were related to people's self-esteem and sense of mastery – their belief that they were in control of their life, and that they had the ability to achieve their goals.

Guess why there's little to no hope for the future? 

"Surprisingly, though, we found that both kinds of debt had positive effects for young people. It didn't matter the type of debt, it increased their self-esteem and sense of mastery."


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So all of these years of "positivity," or the Mister Rogers' effect as some call it where adults telling even the retarded kids that they are special and everyone is an accomplished/talented winner, combined with the broken record of "You're making a fantastic investment in yourself and your future" by going to college and beyond has turned this generation into a bunch of narcissistic, brainwashed zombies....good to know.


Some young people may be using credit card debt to help finance their college education – for items like textbooks -- which is why they may see it as a positive, she said. But there is no way to know that from the data.  'Obviously, they are probably using credit cards for multiple purposes. Along with education spending, they could be using credit cards to pay for non-essential items. They may feel good about their debt only because it allows them to buy the things they want without having to delay gratification.'"





Let me repeat that because it bears repeating.  The younglings frequently called the "Millenial" generation see debt as a positive thing.  I have previously talked about the Eeyore Lemming but this takes it to a whole new level.  This is a real world lemming scenario.

Results showed that those in the bottom 25 percent in total family income got the largest boost from holding debt – the more debt they held, both education and credit card, the bigger the positive impact on their self-esteem and mastery.

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Those in the middle class didn't see any impact on their self-esteem and mastery by holding educational debt, perhaps because it is so common among their peers that it is seen as normal. But they did see boosts from holding credit-card debt – the more debt, the more positive effects.

On the other hand, the study found that young adults who came from the most affluent families received no boost at all from holding debt.

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So the people who are the most hurt by going into massive debt are the ones who derive the most positive satisfaction.  That is a suicidal feedback loop.  I just can't anymore.

"By age 28, they may be realizing that they overestimated how much money they were going to earn in their jobs. When they took out the loans, they may have thought they would pay off their debts easily, and it is turning out that it is not as easy as they had hoped," Dwyer said.

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Till Next Time!!! Someone Get Me My Fiddle This Shit Be Burning Down!!!