(2) The same journal contains my article The Crisis of the American Law School.
(3) Peter Zuckerman has published "Ending Student Loan Exceptionalism," in the Harvard Law Review (126 Harv. L. Rev. 587). The piece argues that student loans should be priced in a risk-based manner that would dissuade many people, including many 0Ls, from assuming unmanageable debt loads. It also calls for bankruptcy law reform to make such debt more easily dischargeable. (The author tells me the piece was inspired in part by some of the stories published at ITLSS).
(4) A revelatory glimpse into the uses and abuses of SSRN download counts: Paul Caron at Taxprof publishes regular updates on which tax law professors have garnered the most SSRN downloads. Ted Seto advertises on his CV that he is
Currently the 6th most SSRN-downloaded tax professor in the US (see TaxProf Blog at http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/tax_prof_rankings/index.html)Seto's high ranking is solely a product of the fact that three quarters of his SSRN downloads come from three papers that have nothing to do with tax law (this fact is significant in this context because tax papers are written for a highly specialized audience): the -- embarrassingly bad -- Journal of Legal Education piece discussed here yesterday, an article on how to game the US News rankings, and an article on tax LLM programs (which, like the JLE piece, puffs his own institution).
This is just one of an almost endless number of examples of the extent to which this business has been over-run by puerile obsessions about hierarchical status, that are both inimical to intellectual values, and prime factors in the increasingly absurd cost structure of legal academia (see (1), (2), and (3) supra)