As I have stated several times this 21% number or the employment number at any school 9 months after graduation is misleading particularly in California for the following reasons.
1) You do not find out if you passed the California Bar until 7 months after graduation and the results are released right before Thanksgiving so nobody interviews or hires you during the 2 month holiday window and cannot even really start looking for a job until January and then you have to go through interviews etc. Believe it or not you can be hired 10, 11, 12 , 13 months after graduation and at the competition I mentioned there were numerous 2012 GGU alumni there all who were employed, but were hired in March or April of 2013, but these employed grads don't count under the 9 month from graduation calcuatoin.
2) You cannot keep track of every single graduate.
3) As I mentioned previously GGU is an alternative school many people attend part-time, working in business and have no desire to work as lawyers or are older and want the intellectual challenge or one guy I met in law school said he just wanted to prove to his parents that he could get through law school, but never wanted to practice.
So those are some of the flaws with the employment statistics you keep citing.
ASSUMING STATS ARE ACCURATE
Lets assume 100% of graduates GGU are 25 years old ready to work and report every detail of their employment to career services and if you do not get hired 9 months after graduation you can never find employment as an attorney. 21% of graduates found a way to make it happen and there is not one ABA school that has a 0% employment rate and even if it did anyone smart enough to get into and through law school then pass the bar is capable of making decisions.
REALITY OF BEING A LAWYER
As Maintain states you can't feel sorry for yourself and have a lot of control to develop marketable skills. I am an attorney and I deal with real people and believe it or not some unfair things happen when you practice law. When unfair things happen I do not sit on the internet complaining about how unfair it is if I did then I would be unemployed. Instead as a licensed lawyer I have to deal with the and figure sh*t out. LAW SCHOOL & LAW LICENSE
Remember Getting a law degree and passing the bar make you "minimally competent" to practice law. From that point it is not like elementary school where everybody gets a participation and everyone gets to feel good about themselves and have a 6 figure job handed to them. Instead with that license you have to practice law round up clients, to win trials, figure out what judges want and research issues.
Believe it or not there are a lot of people with legal problems out there and Maintain mentions several friends that have tapped into that market. People want a lawyer to solve their problems that is what the job requires if the lawyer is sitting around feeling for themselves then they are not going to get hired. Alternatively if the lawyer takes control, addresses the situation, and resolves the legal issue they will get business and referrals. The legal profession is not a charity and it is competitive don't get into the profession if you can't handle that.
The point is you can succeed from any school and if your a licensed lawyer you can make things happen, but it is a tough profession and if your instinct is to "bitc* and moan" about how unfair it is well then you will be bit**ing and moaning about being an unemployed lawyer for a long time. No practicing lawyer or judge and particularly no clients wants to hear how unfair it is. A lawyer's job is to find solutions to difficult issues plain and simple. TRUE ADVERSITY
I guess what really kills me is there are American Lawyers that went through true adversity such as the first woman attorney and first African-American Attorney. First woman to be admitted to practice law Belva Ann Lockwood
Belva graduated law school, but was not allowed to take the bar and she had to fight to do that. Once she passed she was considered property and many judges would not let her speak. Obviously men did not want to hire a woman attorney, but she made it happen that is what a true lawyer does. She did not sit around and feel sorry for herself like these spoiled rich white kids who say it is not fair they need to get a clue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belva_Ann_Lockwood
Macon Allen First African American Lawyer
The first African American attorney who had to fight to be licensed and deal with blatant racism and unimaginable adversity and hostility. Something whiny the whinny JD blogger sipping on his cappuccino complaining about how hard everything is could not possibly imagine.
Either Macon or Belva along with a laundry list of other people have overcome true adverserity and deal with a lot worse than not having 6 figure salaries handed to them for showing up. Anyone from Golden Gate or any other law school is fully capable of succeeding in the current legal market and if they have any hope of being a successful attorney they better not sit around and complain about how unfair it is, because that is all they will be doing. Conclusion:
Should GGU or any other law school be accountable for their students finding jobs? No. At every ABA law school college educated adults decided to attend law school. We live in a Country full of opportunity and there are no real obstacles to overcome all you have to do is try and realize nothing will be handed to you. Graduating law school and passing the bar make you minimally competent to practice law GGU and every other ABA school give you the opportunity to become licensed that is the extent of their responsibility. If GGU or any other ABA school doesn't give you a bar exam ticket then they should be held accountable, but that is all any ABA school owes their students.
Again, Belva Ann Lockwood and Macon Allen had plenty to complain about, but they didn't waste their time whining instead overcome difficult obstacles, got results and made history which is what being a lawyer is all about. Whether you went to Harvard or Golden Gate if you sit around feeling sorry for yourself you are not going to make it is an attorney. Conversely, if you attend Harvard or Golden Gate and bust your ass to pass the bar you can do a lot of amazing things, but you have to step up and make it happen no law school is going to make it happen for you when your an attorney you are accountable that is what you sign up for.