Law School: Article on Unpaid Internships Has Quote About Law School; Law School and Unpaid “Internships” Must Be Avoided

Eric Glatt, who at age 40 interned for the movie “Black Swan,” is one of the few interns with the courage to sue for wages over the work he did….

With an M.B.A. and a master’s in international management, Mr. Glatt wanted to get into film after a previous job overseeing training programs at the American International Group, the big insurance and financial services company. For “Black Swan,” he prepared documents for purchase orders and petty cash, traveled to the set to obtain signatures on documents and tracked employees’ personnel data.

I stopped on these paragraphs in the New York Times article on unpaid internships. Private businesses are abusing internships to get people to work for them for free without any benefit to the intern except having some place to spend a (long and hard-working) day. If an intern contributes in any way to revenue-generating activity, that person must be paid at least the minimum wage.

Eric Glatt holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in International Management yet wants to go to law school? Mr. Glatt had filed a lawsuit against a motion picture company for minimum wage violations.

Mr. Glatt should use his existing degrees and avoid law school as the legal industry has few jobs for the massive amount of law school graduates.


Student Loans: States Are Passing College Costs to Students & Parents; Financial Cost Though Exceeds Financial Benefit

In reading a discomforting article in the New York Times about student loans, I stopped particularly on a paragraph. The belief in college paying off I think comes from the post-World War II period, when the American economy prospered while rebuilding Europe.

Appallingly, that paradigm is still being used today when that expansionary economic element is not present. The price of college increases yearly, while wages are stagnant and states no longer want to contribute to the cost of operating state institutions of higher education. In this case, people should not go to college automatically. However, high school success is measured by college attendance, so persons declining to attend college usually face social resistance.

Christina Hagan is an Ohio lawmaker who says students need to understand that attending college is not an entitlement. Last year, she was appointed to fill a seat once occupied by her father in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Ms. Hagan, 23, is also a college student.

Ms. Hagan is also a Republican. The talking point of self sufficiency was ably uttered by the Ohio legislator (and caused me to ponder on the paragraph), but clearly the effect on her is not the same as her presumably wealthy colleagues in the Ohio and national Republican party, as she has to hold other jobs to pay her bills.

However, Ms. Hagan is in a better position that other indebted students interviewed in the article. She has a position of power (her father was an elected official) and a possibility of making more money because of holding her political position (unclear whether she will run for the seat, but I’m thinking she will). Also, she is already making in wages ($60,000) almost as much as the total amount of loans ($65,000).

GOP: For Voter Identification Laws to Be Effective, Identification Must Be Provided to All Who Need Them; Anything Less Is Unfair & Inequitable

Republicans in an Al Jazeera English report, “Disenfranchised in America,” are not acting responsibly. In Florida, the legislative and the executive branches of government are Republican controlled. Yet, when the Al Jazeera reporter asked the Florida Secretary of State about certain problems with the law, all the secretary offered in response is that the opponents of the law do not like the process for passing a bill (quite irrelevant from problems associated with the execution of the voter identification bill).

The problem is not the requirement to show identification at the voting place; it is that if state governments are going to require identification, the state must make every effort to ensure all citizens have an opportunity to obtain that identification. Anything less than that all-out effort is unfair and inequitable enforcement of the law.