The career story in the legal profession has suddenly shifted. It isn't layoffs. And it isn't demand projections for the next few years. It's the manufactured, low-paying law jobs. The source of those are the law schools themselves.
In THE NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, Nate Raymond reports:
"Harvard Law School ... in November launched the Holmes Public Service Fellowship Program, which provides up to $35,000 to graduates to work in public interest law for one year. Harvard this month awarded nine Holmes fellowships, and awarded fellowships to another 17 law graduates under other programs."
That is a total of 26 slots. While they could provide real-world experience in law, that experience may in no way align with what law firms are looking for in new hires. In addition, that paid employment is not bound to put much of a dent in the debt from law school loans.
Issue: Would it be kinder to just allow newbie JDs without a job lined up to hit bottom, have that moment of clarity about the need for career change, and take action? Is this type of measure creating The Legal Gen On Hold?