On the obliviousness of those currently inside law schools, I recently reconnected with a friend who is a tenured prof at a T30 school. He's not some cloistered pseudo-academic writing law review articles no one reads. He's actually written a well-reviewed book for a general audience; he's active on a number of faculty committees. Yet, amazingly, this guy had no clue about the employment situation of his students [less than 2/3's getting real legal jobs]. He had no clue that his school had hired about 5% of the last graduating class in fake jobs to game the employment stats. He had never even heard of the phrase "law school scam."It would be good to begin to get a sense of the extent to which this anecdote is representative or exceptional at different law schools across the country.
We've come far, but have a long way to go.
This post is an invitation for people in and around law schools -- faculty, staff, students, alumni -- to talk about their sense of how much people in their institutions have learned about various aspects of the gathering disaster that is overtaking X percent of law school graduates. The erstwhile secret, of course, is that no matter what school you work at or go to or graduated from, "X" is a much larger number than almost everyone would have guessed even a short time ago.
How many people at your school have some sort of an accurate sense of actual employment outcomes and debt levels? How many could tell you what IBR is, or how many graduates are being put into law school-created "jobs" (where applicable)? How many have any sense of the extent to which their school's budget is dependent on the continuing availability of no questions asked federal educational loans? Etc.
One purpose of the anonymity feature in the comments on this blog is to give people the freedom to speak freely. I hope readers of this blog -- and especially people who lurk rather than comment -- can provide some insight into these and related questions.