Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time to mobilize the comments army

One reader has kindly forwarded various links to articles that might be of interest, in the hope that we might take a few minutes out of our days to visit, comment (i.e. set the readers straight), and make our presence known.

The thought is that when these stories come out, we show up early, get the comments seeded with some quality views from the scamblogging perspective before the apologists and simpletons show up and agree on how amazing the legal profession is, and try to stop these stories developing into law school publicity.

So here's a few initial targets:

Preview of the new US News rankings

Some schools offering refunds for bar exam failures?

And my personal favorite:

Law school setting up fake law firm for unemployed students?


  1. Mobilizing the FIRST COMMENT, time now!!!

  2. You have to subscribe to national law journal to comment. What a load of crap.

  3. This comments army is a great idea. It can change the conversation for the better. Two caveats:

    Be as polite as possible and stick to the facts! It's just human nature that a third person will judge the credibility of the comments army to some degree on the personality that is perceived. By being polite, if pointed, and by sticking to hard data, the comments army can seen as what they really are: the accurate ones.

    Second, Professor Brian Leiter just posted on his blog that he has successfully pursued the identity of a commenter and that Leiter received help in doing so from what must be assumed to be another law professor. So as the commenting army deploys, use an operating assumption that if you say negative things about the law schools, law professors will be sharing your identity with people like Brian Leiter. That's another reason to keep your comments in a professional tone and fact-heavy. You can be devastatingly critical of law school behavior and do it in a way that if you are outted by law professors you will be fine.

    Third, the prior warning has to be especially noted if you are commenting at The Faculty Lounge or Prawfsblawg. Just assume that those two sites will out critical commenters.

    1. Brian Leiter should scare no one. The man is a megalomaniacal hypocritical bully whose bark is much bigger than his bite. Call him on his BS, people, and don't let up.

      Also - if you want to protect your anonymity, learn how to use a proxy server and a bogus email address. Leiter's behavior should only galvanize the opposition.

  4. Brian Leiter has no control over my life. The law schools have a vast machine sucking these kids in and we need to shift the conversation to the reality of what happens when they emerge from the pipeline.

    1. Correct. He has a job. They don't.

    2. Inside the U.S. Capitol:

      Sen. Brian "Eugene" Leiter: " Sir, are you, or have you ever been, an anonymous or pseudonymous commenter on a law school scamblog?"

      Brian Leiter...what a fuckin' douche!

  5. But assuming you want to do it mainly for the 20 something kids (and we agreed that the focus of this blog is to warn the kids more than the nontraditional older chumps) you are then assuming that there is a likelihood that the lemmings will read these articles?

    Going back to a previous back slapper sticker wacker mace in the face post that expressed a desire to "reach" the youngsters in the safety and womb of College as they are more or less mentally undergoing the decision making process with respect to attending law school and undertaking the debt to do so, maybe a more fertile ground in which to sow seeds of wisdom and thought changing commentary en route to the aforementioned pimple popping postadolescent lemmings ultimate level of higher consciousness and "Consumer Sophistication" Nirvana, is on web sites that discuss Lady Gaga and Grand Theft Auto Video Games?

    Or on popular viral youtube videos that show people getting hurt in accidents for entertainment?

  6. i am so glad i decided not to attend LS even though my LSAT is high enough for Columbia. This shit is getting ridiculous.

  7. ^^One person (@1:54PM) in the entire universe gets the message anyway.

    When I graduated College, I never dreamed that I would ever end up trying to warn and save people from absolute financial disaster.

    I remember a Columbia Undergrad that sat in front of me in my 1L year and about whom I had later heard, through hearsay, had lost her scholarship after her 1L year and had had a nervous breakdown.

    On the other hand, the creepy guy that wore Yale T shirts and sweatshirts all the time seemed to survive long enough to graduate.

    And so did the always seemingly slouched sideways in his seat creepy kid from the large family owned law firm. He used to receive, in IMHO, knowing smiles from the professors, every time he was called on in class.

    And at graduation, there were a number of graduates that were greeted onstage and announced by the announcer for the placing of that hood by a Judge so and so, or a Mayor of this town or that town, or a partner of this firm or that firm.

    All at the 4th tier law school.

    And I finally had to conclude: "WTF?" It looks like those people have jobs already????????????

    This was all at a 4th tier toilet BTW.

    All of the aforesaid is really just all BS, were it not for the dire and life destroying additional ingredient or element or whatever you want to call it:

    Lifetime student loan life destruction with the USA seal of approval.

    1. "I never dreamed that I would ever end up trying to warn and save people from absolute financial disaster."

      How noble of you. Aren't you trying to TRANSFER your own financial disaster TO them?

      Are your 'rents tapped out, or something?

  8. Set up a Google News search, something like "law schools" and click within last 24 hours under the advanced tab. You'll see several articles, some of which you can comment on to warn the 0Ls away from applying. Repeat each day. Of course, application season is winding down even though MANY scammy schools will extend their deadlines right up until school starts. But there could be college juniors reading who might see your comment and get the message that law school us a bad bet. Parents and undergrad profs might get the message and stop encouraging kids to go to law school.