Hello Friends, sorry I have not been as active a contributor in the last two months as I have been previously, as work in particular has been heating up and cutting into my scambloggery (Yes, skeptics, many scambloggers are fortunate to have actual work and careers, such as they are).
Many others, including yours truly, have lambasted the ABA for their tone-deaf, self-serving attitude and utter disregard of the "working people" in the legal profession. Yes, if you are a LawProf or ScamDean with friends in high places, or are a fourth-generation progeny of BigLaw, then the ABA certainly has your interests at heart, as the chairpersons, officers and directors of the ABA generally come from the same pool. All you lower castes, move along.
Clearly their ears have been burning, because in an attempt to "level the playing field," lol skewls will apparently be allowed to admit up to 10% of their class without an LSAT score.
Why, you may ask? Why remove the burden of a gate-keeping exam, the LSAT, one that was originally intended in decades past to
keep the great, unwashed masses out only admit the best, most qualified applicants? Have our Promethean Betters had a change of heart? Do they have another plan for how to best apply legal education in a new century? Instead of an outdated, meaningless exam, perhaps the ABA wants to try a new methodology to control the flow of applicants into the nation's law schools? What possible pressure could lead the ABA to adopt such a clear reversal of decades of prior policy?
Look no further than right here:
Oops. Applicants are down 7.8% over last year, and prior years saw even more precipitous drops. Just like the Fed running the printing press in order to juice the system with more cash, the ABA is trying to juice the faltering legal profession and law schools by removing any semblance of standards. Like a NINA loan during the subprime crisis, you don't need "income" or "assets"...just a pulse.
Which could be fine, maybe, in some universe, if (1) there was an extreme shortage of lawyers, (2) tuition was reasonable, and (3) if a test like the LSAT was keeping qualified people out of the profession by arbitrary and capricious standards. Last time we all looked, it was nope, nope, and.....nope...well, mostly nope, because some of those logic puzzles can be gamed and are dumb, frankly, and don't really indicate anything. Just ask Kaplan.
As applications continue to drop, and the ScamDeans head for the hills and the LawProfs sweat, watch for an "open enrollment" policy. Because nothing says "ethics" and "professionalism" than duping people into going to law school who have no business being there, not necessarily due to drive, passion or smarts, but due to lack of experience with the game. This is all about the Benjamins, remember that.
Law Schools have been overproducing law grads to available jobs for decades, so why stop now? The solution to declining applications is to throw open the flood gates. Put a little more fodder onto the fire, as these sweet no-work salaries with benefits do not grow on trees.
The upper echelons demand and expect nothing less, and it is apparently your job, 0Ls, to make their self-serving dreams come true.