BC Law Will Not Give Refund

Going to law school, or going to most law schools, is now kind of a bad idea. The plethora of lucrative job offers is a thing of the mythical past. For many graduates a law degree now just means a great big pile of debt.

And so one law student wants out. According to a piece by Richard Lawson in Gawker:

An anonymous third-year student at Boston College Law School has sent an open letter to the school’s dean offering to leave school after this semester in exchange for a full refund, because the job scene is so bleak.

The student points out that the deal might actually help BC Law. After all, if he’s not a graduate he can’t be an unemployed graduate. Unemployed alumnae count against the school in its ranking in U.S. News & World Report.

BC isn’t so into it. An article in ABA Journal reports that:

The law school said it is “deeply concerned” about the job outlook for its students but no institution of higher education can guarantee jobs to its graduates. “What we can do is provide the best education possible, and work together to provide as many career opportunities as possible,” the statement said.

Well no one was claiming that a job was guaranteed but it’s a professional school; the whole point of going there is to get a job.

The total cost of attending BC Law works out to about $59,800 a year. The administration is “deeply concerned”? Just imagine how the students feel.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer