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Law Schools Say Student Investment Worth It In Long Run

Lawrence Mitchell, the Dean of Case Western University’s law school, speaks to pre-law students at Indiana University on Tuesday.

Law school advocates have begun to speak out against critics who say going to law school is no guarantee of getting a job. One expert says that’s no reason to forget about going to law school.

The nonprofit watchdog group Law School Transparency has been critical of law schools that advertise the potential success of graduates. In December, the group filed a complaint alleging officials at Rutgers-Camden Law School in New Jersey made up claims that the school’s graduates could make $130,000 right after graduation in an effort to boost enrollment.

Lawrence Mitchell, the Dean of Case Western University’s law school, spent part of the day Tuesday trying to encourage Indiana University students to think about a law career. He argues the job market is little different than it’s always been.

“Even at the height of the employment market, only 60-percent of law students went into those jobs. It has always been the case that a substantial plurality of law students, a substantial minority, went into non-practice careers,” he says.

Sophomore Hannah Catt is a pre-law student at IU. She says even though she’s concerned about the competitiveness in legal fields, she sees law school as a long-term investment proposition.

“I definitely feel like this is an investment like paying for any type of education is an investment because you’re paying it towards your future and whatever career you’re going to have that is going to make you money,” he says

Law School Transparency suggests about 60-percent of IU Maurer School of Law graduates get full-time jobs in legal fields.

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