While this blog is awake again, I should point out something important: you can sing the title of “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” to the tune of “Be Kind To Your Web-Footed Friends.”
The boy with the thorn in his side
All this time and they still don’t believe us
Behind all the hatred there lies
Just a murd’rous desire for love
(Yeah, the last part is weak, but this is also true of “Be Kind To Your Web-Footed Friends.”)
Via Paul Campos* at Lawyers Guns & Money, an article by Jeffrey Toobin about inequality among law school graduates:
It’s clear that the nation needs fewer law schools, for many that remain are only offering their students false hopes of employment in exchange for big debt. These students are getting the legal-education equivalent of the subprime loans that helped sink the national economy. In this case, though, the risk to the broader public is small, while the indebted students may struggle with the burden for the rest of their lives. (The vast middle of the legal academy—at the big state schools, for instance—is doing only a little better than the schools at the bottom….)
The situation in law schools is apparently dire. Students at non-top schools take out massive loans to get degrees when, it turns out, there aren’t enough jobs for them. The law schools keep their doors open in part because they can keep raking in that tuition funded by federally-subsidized student loans. And, because there are so many new lawyers chasing so few jobs, many of them wind up with poor-paying jobs, part-time jobs, or no jobs.
That last sentence should sound familiar to anyone who’s been anywhere near the philosophy job market recently. Does anyone doubt that there aren’t enough philosophy faculty jobs for the number of new PhDs we produce? Has anyone done a philosophy job search without having to turn away a vast number of obviously bright and talented philosophers before the interview stage?
(If you don’t understand what this is about, count yourself lucky.)