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As broke, struggling college students just barely making ends meet under the stress of higher academics, jobs to pay the school loans, and any other activities requiring attention, the last thing administrators need to remind juniors and seniors about is life after graduation. Especially in our current American economy, the job market in any field is much more limited than years ago. However, a university in one of America’s desert states has found a strategy to help combat the stress after graduation.
Arizona State University’s dean of law school Douglas J. Sylvester was on a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota when he was conversing with their dean regarding modern issues involving the constantly shifting job market for their graduating students and alumni. The Mayo dean helped to spark Sylvester’s inspiration when he mentioned how their medical students shadowed and assisted the activities of actual, qualified hospital attending physicians.
“I realized that was what we needed,” Sylvester recalled. “A teaching hospital for law school graduates,” reports Slate.
ASU plans to open a non-for-profit law organization that will link graduating students with seasoned lawyers already established in the field, and allow them to develop professionally in their respective fields and gain outside connections within the law profession.
The New York Times emphasizes that this plan looks to address a paradox of two contradictory problems: heavily indebted law graduates with no clients and a vast number of Americans unable to afford a lawyer. The school has also expressed the intent to reach out to veterans, Hispanics and American Indians who have been underrepresented in previous trials.
This just one of few efforts across the nation addressing this problem. Other universities across the U.S. are finding ways to assist post-college graduates in their respective fields.