American University is holding improv lessons to help students learn how to network and interview. Sometimes when I walk around the school I feel like I must be in the twilight zone. There are postings all around the school for discussions on helping the poor and oppressed around the world without the slightest hint of irony.
A fuller description of the nonsense is provided here:
(I recommend clicking on the link to get the full flavor of this. I would paste the linked material into the post except that it wrecks the formatting for some reason).
Meanwhile a law professor writes:
We just got the nine month employment statistics for the class of 2012. The administration fired the entire CSO staff in the summer of 2011, and spent a lot of money hiring new, supposedly far better people, on the theory that the terrible employment outcomes for the 2011 class were in part a product of the CSO's ineptness. Now I have to admit the previous staff did strike me as inept, while the new people seem much better. The net result of all this is that the class of 2012 ended up with exactly one more person in a lawyer job than the class of 2011.Repeat as necessary.
I was talking to a network news producer yesterday about which law school is going to be the first to go. I don't wish unemployment on anyone (OK I do wish it on some law school deans), but at the same time there's little doubt that the first ABA school to go under will, as Voltaire said, "encourage the others" in various beneficial ways.
And while I don't think American will be the first to go, the school's increasingly grotesque behavior in the face of its absurd price structure and bottom of the barrel employment statistics makes it perhaps more deserving of this distinction than any other school -- or at least any other school whose very name isn't already a mordant joke.