Conversation Nation: No Job? I Want My Money Back
Imagine if your college degree came with a money back guarantee. Can’t find a job? No problem, here’s your tuition money back!
At Boston College Law School one student hasn’t even graduated yet and he already wants a refund. He says the job market is so bleak, he’s willing to forgo his degree if the school pays him back
The third year student posted an open letter to the interim Dean on a student-run website. In it he complains that he’s “resentful” because he was convinced to pursue a law degree by “empty promises” of a fulfilling career. He now says he and his peers find themselves in the midst of “one of the worst job markets in the history of our profession.”
The student goes on to say that he gave up a teaching career for law school and now he and his wife, who’s expecting their first child, are “terrified” about paying off their debt. It costs about $60,000 a year for tuition and housing at BC Law. So what’s in it for the school if they give this guy his money back? Every year US News & World Report ranks law schools and according to the student, BC’s ranking would go up because the school wouldnd’t have to list him as unemployed.
In a statement BC Law officials told the Herald that while they are “deeply concerned” about their students’ job prospects, no school can guarantee a job after graduation.