Well, an illegal French Canadian could be of Haitian or Senegalese origin too! Your point is well taken, it's nation-specific.
It's because people have made it into a "race" issue.
If the person had been an illegal French Canadian, he never would have been allowed to be licensed.
It's as simple as that.
I currently aspire to be a DA, in the SoCal/LA County/Orange area. I want to go to a school for their criminal litigation/trial advocacy programs, clinics, academia, and alumni network. Quality of life inherent from their campus and location is of consideration to me.
I should probably also add that the $200k figure that they cited did not include interest, which effectively turns a $200k loan paid over a 30 year term into about $450,000 even at favorable interest rates.
California sounds like a nice legal market b/c the public attorneys in New York and New Jersey are making nowhere near 6-figures. Public defenders and state prosecutors start at around $40k here. After 10 years they're making about $70k, which, by the way, could have been earned with just a bachelor's degree without incurring 6-figure debt.
Only a small minority of lawyers make 6-figures at graduation, and of the majority that don't, most do not get there within 10 years after graduation (indeed, a good number never get there at all). The "average" income stats of our profession are skewed higher than other professions because the minority of attorneys who are big income earners make 6 and 7 figures and beyond. But I know way too many attorneys who are 5 or 10+ years into the practice who don't make $100k. Accordingly, I can't accept the proposition that "most" attorneys earn significantly more money than bachelor's degree holders - especially when debt is factored in.
Unfortunately, the reality of legal education today is that the average law student graduates with over $100,000 in student loan debt.Quote"Law school debt essentially means a lawyer must make $200,000 or more above what the holder of a bachelorís degree will make over a lifetime, to have the investment break even." - http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news18330.html
Well, my guess is that nearly all DL begin their JD studies with the intent to become a lawyer. They look at the stats and say "Ok, I'll be in that 15% that passes and gets licensed." For a few this works out fine, they get licensed, and have successful careers as solo practitioners or small firm lawyers. For most it doesn't, and these careers could offer viable alternatives.
I would agree with this, if we removed the work "viable"