Ripped from the headlines, as it were, as of February 21, 2019:
Some schools took advantage of students’ desperation for a lucrative career in law, said Jerry Anderson, dean of the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. To attract students, they lowered admission standards and let students borrow well into the six figures to pay ever-rising tuition bills. Meanwhile, bar exam failure rates were rising.
“Not everyone should go to law school,” Anderson said. “Admitting students that are not really prepared for the rigors of a legal education or for the rigors of a legal practice, that’s a bad thing.”
A-yup. Totally agree. Nice that people in-the-know are actually talking about it, instead of pretending like it didn't happen. Where was this discussion previously, especially when Campos and Tamanaha were being called out, to say nothing of other scambloggers...? Wonder if Nando saw this...
Kaplan's Thomas said that what many people in the legal education field now see is “a little right-sizing of legal education. If we have all these schools and not enough demand to satisfy them, perhaps it would be better off in the longer run if some of the law schools — particularly in the lower tier — did indeed choose to close.”
Hilarious. A little "right-sizing." I seem to remember a lot of push-back on this idea, previously, how everything is fine, how the scambloggers are losers, if you can dream it you can achieve it, etc. etc. etc. I notice many usual-suspects LawProfs have been very non-vocal on this, compared to even 5-10 year ago. And what about access? How do you plan to defend liberty and pursue justice with fewer, count 'em, fewer law schools...?
Meanwhile, law school tuition has been soaring. According to data compiled by the advocacy group Law School Transparency, since 1985, tuition at private law schools has risen 270 percent, while tuition at public schools has risen 580 percent after accounting for inflation. Average tuition now stands at $47,000 at private schools, $27,000 for public in-state students and $40,000 for public out-of-state students.
If you go with the assumption that costs double every twenty years, law schools have been making a hefty profit way above even that rule-of-thumb, all along the way. Because the law is "dynamic" and "ever-changing," don'cha know.
“People have long viewed a legal education as a ticket to financial security,” McEntee says [sic]. “And that just wasn’t the case. Not only did a substantial number of graduates not actually become lawyers, but then once you do become a lawyer, not all the salaries are commensurate with what you might expect if you get your information from the news or TV or movies.”
McEntee pointed out that fewer than 70 percent of today’s law school graduates land jobs that require a J.D. and passing the bar exam — the legal jobs that tend to pay the highest salaries. Several decades ago, the proportion was above 80 percent.
Ah well. Pay no mind, nothing to see here, move along. Just dive-in, 0Ls, the Law School Cartel has nothing but your best interests at heart. The mean, mean scambloggers just want to thin the ranks so as to have less competition in their lucrative legal careers.