Healthy Exit From Law School?

Via Jay Greene's blog, via Slate,

One Boston College Law School third-year—miraculously, still anonymous—begged for his tuition back in exchange for a promise to drop out without a degree, in an open letter to his dean published earlier this month.

“This will benefit both of us,” he argues. "On the one hand, I will be free to return to the teaching career I left to come here. I’ll be able to provide for my family without the crushing weight of my law school loans. On the other hand, this will help BC Law go up in the rankings, since you will not have to report my unemployment at graduation to US News. This will present no loss to me, only gain: in today’s job market, a J.D. seems to be more of a liability than an asset."

I blogged a couple weeks ago about the "We pay you to leave" healthy exit policy.

But Ed School differs from law school when it comes to healthy exit.

An unhappy lawyer (insert joke here) either

a) leaves the profession, or

b) does the job and is reasonably effective, though personally suffers from lack of fulfillment (I definitely have some friends from my Duke days in this category)

c) does the job and is not effective; punished by the marketplace -- either by lower wages or being pushed out of the profession

All of the above apply to an unhappy teacher, except that in the all-too-common third scenario, he also imposes societal cost on kids. The marketplace does not punish him or protect the kids, because 99% of all teachers get good evaluations.

I think offering healthy exits in some form are good for all grad programs, but particularly for teacher prep.