Despite a pretty ridiculous number of blawgs out there, I think it’s unreasonably difficult for prospective and current law students to find useful information about law school. Extreme views predominate, with disaffected law grads ranting about the “law school scam” on one side and Panglossian tenure-track law professors on the other. There are some very good law blogs but not many great law school blogs. To some extent, I’d like to remedy this situation.

One of my principal concerns is finding a way to answer the question whether someone should go to law school. It’s a question easy to answer in the abstract — if you will enjoy the law and graduate at the top of your class, sure — but difficult to answer for any particular person. Many prospective students are irrationally optimistic about their chances, and perhaps more still are rationally optimistic but ultimately unsuccessful. The why is obvious enough: they’re curved against people who were optimistic for the same reasons. Nonetheless I think there’s a subset of people for whom the economic viability of law school can be rationally determined, and insofar as I fall more or less within this group, some of them may find something useful here. (I was confident of success because I was able to gauge my chances against the performances of people the abilities of whom I knew well.)

It should be said however that some material percentage of my postings will pertain to right-wing political commentary. I’m afraid that’s just unavoidable.

Pseudonymous Blogging

I’d really prefer to blog under my real name, but I’m afraid doing so would be ill-advised. See, e.g., Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports (“I do think we law professors, and especially those with blogs, have been far too tolerant of malicious and unprofessional conduct by usually anonymous or pseudonymous lawyers and students.”).

That said, any publication behind a pseudonym is liable to abuse, particularly when the majority of bloggers discussing law school related issues are likely to do so in their own names and in relation to their professions. It’s unavoidable that I will disagree with many (or most, where political issues are concerned) of these bloggers, but there is no intent to use this blog as a launchpad for profane or unfair attacks.


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