A Boston College Law School student wrote to the dean offering to forfeit his degree in exchange for a refund on his tuition, a student-run Web site says.
"With fatherhood impending, I go to bed every night terrified of the thought of trying to provide for my child AND paying off my J.D., and resentful at the thought that I was convinced to go to law school by empty promises of a fulfilling and remunerative career," the anonymous third-year student wrote in a letter to interim Dean George Brown posted on EagleiOnline, an independent site run by students at the law school.
The student laments the "enormous amount of debt" law school has burdened him with and alleges he and his fellow students have received "little help" from the career center to deal with their "financial disasters."
"I'd like to propose a solution to this problem: I am willing to leave law school, without a degree, at the end of this semester. In return, I would like a full refund of the tuition I've paid over the last two and a half years."
"As a Jesuit law school, we are deeply concerned about the job prospects and general well-being of our students and our recent graduates," said Nate Kenyon, director of communications at Boston College. "The job market in the legal profession and beyond has been severely affected by the current economic downturn, which has resulted in one of the most difficult employment climates in the past 70 years, not only for BC Law, but for all schools across the nation."
One year of tuition and housing at BC Law is estimated at $60,000.