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Whiny Law Student Asks for Tuition Back

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Entitled, self-absorbed, conniving, manipulative. Sounds like he's already earned his degree.

Frustrated by mounting tuition fees and a pitiful job market, a law student at Boston College submitted an open letter to the Dean via EagleiOnline -- an online student-run newspaper at the university's law school. In it, the student detailed his dismay that enrolling into the school's law program didn't necessarily guarantee a job upon graduation.

The nerve of that school!

As you can probably imagine, studying law is an expensive prospect -- one that requires a lucrative career to pay off the student loans. Unfortunately in this student's case, he's noticing a declining likelihood of landing a profitable job as soon as he graduates. And since he is the only person within the only major of the only college of the only state in the entire country who's experiencing this, he's asking for his tuition back.

"I am willing to leave law school, without a degree, at the end of this semester," he writes. "In return, I would like a full refund of the tuition I've paid over the last two and a half years."

Ever the budding lawyer, he uses his pregnant wife as sympathetic leverage and describes his proposal as win-win.

"This will benefit both of us: 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."

Well played.

But the Boston Herald reports that while the school is "deeply concerned" about the post-college job market, it never promised employment -- similar to most colleges in the country. "What we can do is provide the best education possible, and work together to provide as many career opportunities as possible," the school said in a statement.

And that's all a university is obligated to do.

Look, the current unemployment levels are horrifying and shouldn't be marginalized. Anyone who searched for a job and consistently came up empty knows the desperation and fear of such a prospect. But no one should expect to be handed a dream job without doing the work to obtain it. Especially straight out of college. And to believe you're somehow better than the millions of other jobless folks in this country and deserve to be given a reset button is absolutely despicable.

To think, had this kid actually toughed it out, earned his degree, worked his way up the ladder, and -- I dunno -- not have a kid when he's having financial trouble, he might've turned out fine. Instead, he enrolled into law school with a cocksure attitude, absolutely certain he'd be employed moments after being handed his diploma.

As for a bright side, I can only give him my rocky post-collegiate employment as an example:

At least he didn't major in Communications.
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