Four years ago Bill Henderson pointed out that starting salaries for law school graduates had fallen into a strongly bi-modal distribution, and that this fact had considerable significance for the future of legal education and the legal profession. A year later he highlighted how the latest data meant that major changes were in store for the standard legal academic business model.
Since then American legal academics have published approximately 38,873 law review articles. (This is an actual estimate based on a review of the literature, not a heavy-handed joke). Henderson's observation has been mentioned in precisely seven of these texts. Five of the references are cursory. Actual discussion of the bi-modal distribution in starting salaries for law school graduates is found here:
2011 COLUM. BUS. L. REV. 1, ARTICLE: BIG BUT BRITTLE:
ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES ON THE FUTURE OF THE LAW FIRM IN THE NEW
ECONOMY, Bernard A. Burk and David McGowan
20 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 67, ARTICLE: OPTIONS FOR
STUDENT BORROWERS: A DERIVATIVES-BASED PROPOSAL TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND
CONTROL DEBT-FUELED INFLATION IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET, Michael C.
Macchiarola and Arun Abraham
More fun facts:
1,002 law review articles contain the phrase "Affordable Care Act."
Ten of the articles referencing the Affordable Care Act also mention the writings of Michel Foucault.
The phrase "law school transparency" appears in 12 articles.
The phrase "law school scam" appears in eight articles.
The phrases "document review" and "click monkey" do not appear together in any law review articles.
The latter lacuna in the scholarly literature will be remedied by my forthcoming article "The Crisis of the American Law School," which will appear in print in October. (Updated draft version available here).