Brooklyn Law School may not exactly guarantee its graduates a job. In fact, the odds of successfully landing a career in a field even tangentially related to the law are pathetically slim. It's a sign of the times that Brooklyn Law School is now offering to repay 15 percent of students' tuition costs after they can't find a job nine months after graduating.
Called Bridge to Success, the program is intended to create a safety net for graduates who find themselves unable to land a coveted legal job post-graduation, the Times reports. Brooklyn Law School has also lowered its tuition by 15 percent, dropping it to the bargain rate of $43,237, on average.
To qualify for Bridge to Success, students have to take (but not necessarily pass!) the bar exam, and prove that they've actually looked for full time jobs.
Nicholas W. Allard, the school's dean, told the paper the program's goal is to offer students the freedom to pursue jobs they actually want, rather than just taking the first one that comes along following graduation.
“It’s really recognition that the one size fits all of conventional legal education is no longer going to work or should be working,” he said.
Perhaps it also has something to with the fact that several students sued the law school in 2012 after they were unable to find jobs, calling the erstwhile $150,00 tuition a "terrible investment."
Law school enrollment has taken a nose dive in recent years—to wit, the Law School Admissions Council found that fewer than 53,000 people are expected to apply for the 2015 school year, versus 100,000 in 2004. This is thanks to the recession, which eliminated around 60,000 jobs, only around 20,000 of which have resurfaced, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.