Criticisms leveled at many legal education programs echo similar problems with the higher education system in general, reports Inside Higher Ed.
The rising cost of tuition, necessitating higher student loan debt for many students, and the uncertain job market are problems faced not only by law students, but many undergraduates across the U.S. as well. According to a report published by the Center for American Progress, saturation of the employment market has driven salaries down, making law school something for a risky gamble in the face of rising student debt.
"Though a few lucky grads will make more than $130,000 per year, most new lawyers can expect annual salaries of around $63,000," reads the report. "With monthly loan payments near $1,000, graduates are finding that membership in the legal profession is not the golden ticket they thought it would be."
The report suggests increased regulatory and accreditation measures to ensure that schools publish reliable, factual information about their job placement rates. Other solutions outlined in the report include additional federal funding and scholarships to students through the Fund for Innovation in Postsecondary Education, and annual reviews to address the causes of increasing tuition.