Here is a list of links to articles and other material about the legal job market. I want to begin compiling a list of references or "evidence" for future use. This is a work in progress and if you know of any good articles that I have missed, please leave a comment with a link.
No More Room at the Bench
Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be...Lawyers
Truth in Lending and in Careers
The Crimson H: Jobless Harvard 3L Wonders, Why Me?
Hard Case: Job Market Wanes for U.S. Lawyers
Economy Seems Bleak for Graduating Law Students
Clients Grow Cool to the Support of Dwindling Summer Classes
Law Jobs Still Lacking: Legal Sector Lost 22,200 in a Year, But Added 300 Last Month
As 'Troubling Indicators' Mount for 2010 Law Grads, an ABA Expert Issues a Warning
Law School Tuition Hikes Spark Talk of Bubble
The New Poor: In Hard Times, Lured Into Trade School and Debt
Young Scientists' Issues
Contemporary Problems in Science Jobs
Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be...Lawyers, Herwig J. Schlunk, October 30, 2009. This is a scholarly paper written by a law professor which shows that going to law school is a bad investment for 90% of all students.
Truth in Lending and in Careers, Howard B. Miller, May 2010. This piece was written by the President of the California Bar which makes this quote profound:
There is notoriously unreliable self-reporting by law schools and their graduates of employment statistics. They are unreliable in only one direction, since the self-reporting by law schools of “employment” of graduates at graduation and then nine months after graduation are, together, a significant factor in the U.S. News rankings — which are obsessed over, despite denials, by law schools and their constituencies.The Crimson H: Jobless Harvard 3L Wonders, Why Me?, ABA Journal, March 1, 2010. If Harvard Law School graduates are having difficulty finding jobs, what does that say about the legal job market and the prospects for students at less prestigious schools?
Hard Case: Job Market Wanes for U.S. Lawyers Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2007.
Economy Seems Bleak for Graduating Law Students, NPR, May 21, 2010
Clients Grow Cool to the Support of Dwindling Summer Classes, New York Law Journal, June 8, 2010. What's interesting about this article is that it reports that the number of summer associates at large firms, which is how most large firms hire almost all of their entry-level attorneys, has decreased significantly.
Law Jobs Still Lacking: Legal Sector Lost 22,200 in a Year, But Added 300 Last Month, ABA Journal, June 4, 2010. Note that the legal profession has been glutted for years and that unemployment and underemployment for lawyers is nothing new and did not start with the Great Recession.
As 'Troubling Indicators' Mount for 2010 Law Grads, an ABA Expert Issues a Warning, ABA Journal, May 6, 2010.
Law School Tuition Hikes Spark Talk of Bubble, Chicago Tribune, April 27, 2010.
Non-Legal Job Market Articles
College, Inc., PBS Frontline program investigating for-profit schools.
The New Poor: In Hard Times, Lured Into Trade School and Debt , New York Times, March 13, 2010. This is an excellent article about the for-profit trade schools scam.
Young Scientists' Issues, NPR, February 6, 1996.
Contemporary Problems in Science Jobs, by Arthur E. Sowers, PhD. This is an excellent collection of essays exposing the reality of the science job market and the career graveyard that is the science field.