We generally advise students considering any law school to think twice, but if the law school you’re considering is for-profit, you should stay away altogether. The Atlantic profiles for-profit law schools, especially those owned by InfiLaw System, a corporate entity that controls for-profit outposts throughout the country. Though a mix of deception and predatory behavior, those who run the company have done very well for themselves. Their students, not so much. 90 percent of graduates leave with high-interest debt, and the median amount is about $204,000. More:
According to mandatory reports that the schools filed with the ABA, of those 1,191 InfiLaw graduates, 270—nearly one-quarter—were unemployed in February of this year, nine months after graduation. And even this figure is, as a practical matter, an understatement: approximately one in eight of their putatively employed graduates were in temporary jobs created by the schools and usually funded by tuition from current students. InfiLaw is not alone in this practice: many law schools design the brief tenure of such “jobs” to coincide precisely with the ABA’s nine-month employment-status reporting deadline. In essence, the schools are requiring current students to fund temporary jobs for new graduates in order to produce deceptive employment rates that will entice potential future students to enroll. (InfiLaw argues that these jobs have “proven to be an effective springboard for unemployed graduates to gain experience and secure long-term employment.”)
Read the whole thing for a grim look at very ugly sub-sector of American legal education. However, the fundamental problem of debt-ridden students without jobs plagues non-profit law schools as well. InfiLaw should be condemned, but we should not forget that many students who have gone to more “respectable” law schools wind up just as badly off as some of InfiLaw’s victims.