As is stated at the top of this blog, we welcome commentary, opinions, and (most) anything else our readers want to contribute, even if it disagrees with our core message. Increasingly we get mail from actual lawyers and even LawProfs(!), and this mail is largely more supportive of our position than not. Birds of a feather flock together, to be sure, but at the same time we like sharing the testimony of others to demonstrate that we are not alone in our position, and that information is power when evaluating claims.
Without further introduction, we have the following from a current law student:
I just want to say that your blog is f**king heroic!
I'm a law student (sadly). I decided to go to law school on a bunch of factors. Having the opportunity to hang up my own shingle and do what I want was actually a big factor. A bit random, I know, but that's the main reason why I decided to take on the debt.
I ended up at a TTT where I was getting a decent, albeit bait n switch scholarship. As a result, sections were stacked, and I suffered because of it (health issues my first semester made things worse too). Anyway, I finished strong in spring, and decided to transfer since I didn't like the area (too podunk), the school's curriculum, and some of my ass-backward (equally podunk and ultra conservative) classmates. You know there's not a lot of diversity in politics and personal philosophies when your Property prof mentions, right in the middle of lecture, as to how there are, "oodles of Republicans" in your class.
For our spring semester, we were all forced to take this Philosophy 101-esque class. It was horrible. It was a way for certain professors, and certain douchebag students, to pontificate (and for said profs and admin to line their pockets). Nevermind the fact that we badly need Con Law I by then.
The more bizarre thing, however, was that none of my classmates wanted to voice their concerns to administration about it. Everyone bitched behind closed doors. When I tried to speak to a student--who I thought was a friend--about how classes like these help perpetuate the whole law school scam, she said, "is this real, or is this some silly perception of yours."
Talk about ostriches with their heads in the sand! The charge to try and have the class erased from the curriculum for future generations was headed by myself and one other student. Everyone told us to give up since we weren't going to benefit from the class being dropped in the future, but I didn't care. I guess I was one of the only students who was truly interested in justice at that school.
End of story: I don't know what really happened to our efforts. My transfer was successful by June, and I had actually got the hell out of dodge right after finals anyway. Around that time, there were rumblings about how the law school was being kept afloat by the main campus because enrollment was so low. Pathetic. I'm currently at a 2nd tier dump, but in a town that is more familiar, surrounded by family and wonderful friends, and with other (non-law) possibilities open to me.
Thanks for the blog, keep up the awesome work. The struggle is really trying to convince the special ostrich-type snowflakes to see the reality. Feel free to share my story with as many as possible.
Personally, I don't know about "badly needing Con Law I", but I get your point. Good luck, and we wish you the best. Regardless of one's personal politics and interests, honesty is good for the soul, and we share these stories to demonstrate that we are not alone and our numbers our growing.
In contrast, the Law School Cartel has no soul, which explains why they have been dishonest for some time now, have intentionally obfuscated the truth, and have let people believe that they are the only ones who feel the way they feel and believe they way they believe, because Federal Student Loan Dollars. Shame and peer pressure are powerful motivators, until the curtain is pulled back, of course.
And that is why we scamblog. If you don't want to take our word for it as (old) graduates with bar licenses, fine...but don't ignore the experience of a current law student in the trenches, right now.