UPDATE: Oops, looks like a lot of this has been covered recently by AdamB. My 2 cents follows.
With these words, internecine warfare has begun within the Law School Cartel.
Not only have there been declining LSAT test-takers and declining application counts for years now, but there have also been declining bar passage rates. Somebody is to blame for this radical turn of events. But who?
Why, its the stupid NCBE and their stupid "bar exam" of course! What else could possibly explain the poor performance of students and this strange turn of events? Stupid test writers, I'll bet they are not even tenured Law Professors!
The NCBE, not one to take this lying down, fires back:
Dybbuk catalogued the latest decline in median LSAT scores and GPA stats for incoming classes, and the results have been discouraging. As described, Law Schools have clearly been choosing their preferred method for dealing with declining applications:
Strategy Two: Lower admissions standards, with not-so-long-term disastrous implications for the school’s reputation, the profession itself, and for the poorly qualified matriculants, aka lemmings of average and below average intelligence, who are less likely than brainier members of their cohort to bounce back after taking the plunge.
It would appear that the NCBE is on target with their critique.
But wait! Dean Allard rides to the rescue, to chasten and rebuke. It is not the students, who have been insulted, it's the test (that has been around for decades) this is the problem! There has been "no transparency." There is no evidence the students are "less able" (just, the, um, scores themselves, but who cares), just mere assertion! Getting a JD is "hard work" and requires "intelligence."
The coup-de-grace, per Allard?
It is strange that after completing, at great expense, such intense studies, the first thing law graduates must do is pay a lot of money, once again, to prepare for a test that will enable them to practice law. This defies common sense.
Why, yes it does, yes it does. Welcome the to the scamblog camp, Dean Allard.
Friends, "open enrollment" is starting to have its effect, and the Law Schools are scrambling for cover. It would be entertaining to feast upon all this discord (and I do admit to grabbing some popcorn laced with a heavy dose of schadenfreude), but the real tragedy here lies with recent students and graduates who are getting scammed. While the various camps within the Cartel blame each other, disclaim contributory negligence, and lob their wordy hand-grenades, real people with real debt are the casualties. No one within the Cartel seems to actually care about their federal student loan conduits, and they are more interested in passing the hot potato to someone else rather than rendering sober judgment unto themselves.
0ls, non-trads, these are the kind of people trying to entice you into Law School. See how they act. See how they dodge and weave. Run for the hills, now, before the entire structure collapses and you get caught up in the collateral damage.