Those who are so bad at test-taking that they cannot break the median LSAT score probably shouldn't go to law school. And yet, there are scores of subprime schools, places that charge $50,000 a year for a degree that carries no reputational value, and which push thousands of grads with little to no hope of passing the bar into the post-J.D. world.
$200,000 in debt and no career prospects. This is why many call law school a scam. Is the day of reckoning at hand?
And the big news of the week is Ferguson, Missouri. If you'd like to see someone being held accountable for using excessive force, a recent case out of the Eighth Circuit where a lenient sentence for a cop was reversed might soothe your soul... somewhat.
The Atlantic: The Law School Scam
Professor Paul Campos has long since been one of the leading voices in the call for legal education reform. In this piece, he absolutely eviscerates InfiLaw, a corporate entity that owns three for-profit ABA-accredited law schools, and has plans to buy a fourth.
Though many of us who regularly read and write about legal education know all about these diploma mills and the system that enables them, Campos does a great job painting a portrait of the entire mess -- from the schools with de facto open enrollment standards to the ABA's blind eye to the unlimited, nondischargable, high-interest federal loans that line everyone's pockets at the expense of taxpayers.
Above the Law: Large-Scale Layoffs Come To Cooley Law School
Speaking of diploma mills, the troubled Cooley Law, which axed one of its campuses' 1L classes earlier this year, is now moving forward with its "right-sizing" plan, which may include a campus closure and will include massive layoffs.
We feel bad for the soon-to-be-unemployed, but we feel worse for Cooley's graduates, only 26.9 percent of whom end up with real lawyer gigs, despite paying as much as $258,232 (including living costs), according to Law School Transparency's estimates.
Simple Justice: Just Too Lenient
A cop beats a man until he is unconscious. He then beats him some more, while the victim is lying face-down on the pavement. In a rare instance of justice being served, the cop is brought up on charges of excessive force and obstruction of justice for lying in the police report.
And then, despite facing a 20-year maximum on the latter charge (and 10-year max on the former), he's given 20 months in prison, 115 months short of the guidelines, despite the trial judge noting a lack of remorse and not buying the "childhood in Bosnia made me do it" excuse.
Scott Greenfield has more on the Eighth Circuit's reversal of a sentence that was far too lenient.
It's rare, but once in a while, bad cops are brought to justice.
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