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Unemployed Law Student Asks College For A Refund

You’ve worked hard through grad school, but when you’re ready to graduate there are NO jobs in your field. Should you get a refund on your school tuition? It’s a radical thought, but that’s what one student at Boston College is proposing. The anonymous student wrote a letter to the dean of Boston College Law School, where he is a third-year law student, and lamented that despite doing well in school he’s been unable to secure a position. In the letter, the student outlined the difficulties he and his fellow classmates were having finding a job, and added that his failure to land a gig will make it difficult to support his pregnant wife. “With fatherhood impending, I go to bed every night terrified of the thought of trying to provide for my child AND paying off my J.D., and resentful at the thought that I was convinced to go to law school by empty promises of a fulfilling and remunerative career,” he writes. Instead, he proposes that the school deny him his degree and in exchange wipe out his student loan debt.

The plan is mutually beneficial, he argues, because:

“I will be free to return to the teaching career I left to come here. I’ll be able to provide for my family without the crushing weight of my law school loans. On the other hand, this will help BC Law go up in the rankings, since you will not have to report my unemployment at graduation to US News. This will present no loss to me, only gain: in today’s job market, a J.D. seems to be more of a liability than an asset.”

Of course, colleges can’t ever guarantee that students will end up with jobs after graduation, but when a student takes on the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that law degrees require, should there be a safety net of some kind in place?

What do you think? Has this student made a compelling case? [Eagle I Online]

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