The recent post from the Adjunct Law Professor hit me very close to home. Until a couple months ago I have been an avid devourer of news relating to changes in the law schools, anything about the law school scam, the legal job market, and the higher ed bubble in general.
But as many of you know other things get in the way. For me it was a combination of a fatigue and weariness of following the scam, law school finals approaching, and a break-up. I just didn't feel like scouring the internet for the latest news, or even spending the necessary 15 to 30 minutes for a decent blog post on this blog (when I first saw it advertised I was so excited to contribute I was one of the first people to volunteer via e-mail).
Something else that can dampen enthusiasm is the seeming lack of progress, or slow progress, that is being made. This is unavoidable. The vast majority of us do not sit on ABA accreditation boards, hold law school deanships, or are employed as senior law faculty. Neither do we occupy influential positions for student loan policy or hold a position of respect in order to shape the behavior of tens of thousands of unsuspecting prospective law students.
We can react in different ways when ourselves or others hit the inevitable "wall." I think the worst thing that we can do is lash out at those who are hitting the wall, as in the way the Adjunct Law Professor did. True, a certain amount of "rouse the troops" leadership is needed, but we are all adults and don't need to be berated with profanity.
Instead the inescapable needs to be acknowledged and adapted to. Professor Campos, a favorite blogger for many, felt obligated to completely stop posting. Instead of complaining about his decision and dwelling on it this blog was created in order to create a platform to do something similar. The dozen or so contributors of this site theoretically lowers the burnout.
We're trying to take on an established multibillion dollar industry. It extracts billions of dollars a year in taxpayer student loans that should not be granted. This battle will take a long time to be concluded. There will be other Campos's. Hell, there will be other Antiro's, or Adjunct Law Professors, and Outside the Law School Scams.
We have to take a multi-year fight day-by-day. Law schools have seen a double digit percent decrease in applications for each of the past three years, they are only going to be more desperate here on out. We need to be patient, and continue to calmly point out this indisputable fact to those in the legal field and those who are thinking about entering it: "the current cost of law school is far too expensive, and far too many people are graduating from law school."