Recently, I have seen some self-published books on sale at Amazon that explains the law school scam and the depressing realities of the legal job market. While I appreciate and welcome every new voice that calls out the law school bullshit, I would be wary about paying money for them. I think many of these authors are just reiterating what others have been saying for free while sticking a $2.99 price tag.
I am not going to name these books but some of their authors in the past have written books that teach people how to navigate law school. While this is not the same as being “pro law school”, the sudden change of heart is suspicious and reeks of opportunism. We’ll see more of these anti-law school books authored by soon to be laid off, or disgruntled ex-lawprofs.
The point is, you do not need to pay anyone to learn about the law school scam. These are the key points of the the anti-law school or scamblogger movement and they are all available for free:
- If you do not go to a top law school, there is a strong chance that you will be unemployed or work for a small firm at a small salary for many years.
- The cost of law school is increasing every year and you will leave with an average of $120,000 of law school debt on top of your undergraduate debt.
- Most law schools lie about their post-graduate employment statistics and most law school graduates lie about their success.
- Law school rankings matter little so it is better to go to the cheapest law school than the one that is marginally better ranked.
- Law school and educational debt is dischargeable but is harder to get. Note: I and others have previously stated that student loans are almost impossible to discharge. I have since learned that this might not be true. I’ll explain in a future post.
A lot of supplemental and anecdotal information is available for free by internet searching law school, law school scam, [shit] law school employment statistics and anything else related to law school. In news websites and internet message boards, there are many, many stories of unemployed law school graduates living sad, miserable lives. Almost all of them anonymously regret going to law school while publicly parroting the law school talking points.
The only books I would recommend purchasing are Failing Law Schools and Don’t Go To Law School Unless… only because the authors of these books have been on the blistering forefront of legal education reform and have put their academic reputations on the line.
I recommend visiting these free websites before purchasing any anti-law school book:
The Law School Lie – Published in 2004, this early essay succinctly explains the basics of the law school scam.
Third Tier Reality – You may want to check to see if your law school is “featured” on TTR. TTR is one of the original scamblogs and the only OG scamblog still active today. TTR is merciless when it profiles garbage-tier law schools and key law school apologists. Some of his posts might be over the top, but you will remember what he writes.
Inside the Law School Scam – The most influential and hugely missed anti law school blog in recent years. ITLSS pissed off lawprofs everywhere for exposing the academy’s dirty laundry. Lawprof occasionally posts on the law school scam at Lawyers, Guns and Money.
Law School Transparency – If you are considering going to law school this fall, visiting LST is a must. LST has post-graduate employment profiles of almost every ABA-accredited school. Read your schools’ profiles before deciding to attend or demanding a bigger tuition discount.
The Law School Tuition Bubble – LSTB explains the law school scam on a deeper, more technical level with useful graphs and visual exhibits. The author has been featured in other mainstream articles. Lawadmins should be very scared of this guy. I’m sure that a school will offer him a tenure track position just to shut him up.
Outside the Law School Scam – A group of bloggers continuing to spread the anti law school message. I will post there occasionally.
Big Debt Small Law – The now defunct BDSL was one the most influential and hilarious scamblogs in the early days. If you search hard enough, you may see some of his stories posted elsewhere. His stories are probably exaggerations that contains a scary level of truth. The author was also suspected of posting under the alter ego areyouinsane at Top Law Schools.
Above The Law – While mostly a legal news gossip site, ATL publishes breaking news from its inside sources usually before it becomes public. ATL is the go to website for disgruntled biglaw associates, partners and legal academics who want to spill the beans. In most cases, ATL shows that Biglaw life is not what you think it is.
Law School Cafe – Run by Professor Deborah Merritt, a co-host of Inside the Law School Scam.
David Segal – New York Times writer David Segal published a series of articles in 2011 criticizing law schools and its deceptive employment practices. Segal put the scamblog message into the mainstream media. Law school applicants should read Segal’s articles while they are still around.