Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:26 AM
To: Above the Law; WSJ Law Blog
Subject: Retirement email from the poster Loyola 2L
Dear WSJ Law Blog and Above the Law,
I hope the new year treats you well. This is the blogger known as “Loyola 2L.” First off, I hope you can see why I combined you into one recipient. I know it’s rude to combine recipients, but both of your blogs have been a central part of my life for the past year and I couldn’t write one without the other.
No offense taken — we’re honored to be in such distinguished company.
Read the rest of his message, below the fold. (An ATL New Year’s resolution: Use more synonyms for “after the jump.”)
Here’s the balance of the message. We offer the same caveat as the WSJ crew: we can’t vouch for the authenticity of this message.
RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM LOYOLA 2L
Before I get to the reason why I am writing, I imagine you would like some proof. Due to the nature of the moniker, I don’t have anything concrete. Even my IP won’t work as it changes every time I log in, so it will probably not match up with my posts. The best I have is the exchange below, which I had with Cameron Stracher a year ago. It also explains why I started doing this.
I had just read his article on the state of the legal profession. He was complaining about this or that. I don’t remember what it was, but it had nothing to do with the problems of my classmates. I had just gone through an astonishingly hellish six months looking for summer work. The months of job search difficulty – combined with Loyola’s and the profession’s seeming obliviousness to the problem – culminating with Stracher’s irrelevant article – these all just lit a match in my mind. I wrote Mr. Stracher, and vented all the frustration I was having. I told him everything I had wanted to tell Loyola Law School. As you can see in my email to Mr. Stracher, I also predicted that the “internet would effectuate a change one day.” I guess I made it my duty to help bring about that change.
All in all, thanks to your two blogs, I and (I imagine a lot of other tier 2 students) are very pleased with what we’ve accomplished. No one talked about the stinting tier 2 job market before. The common knowledge was that getting into a school like Loyola was a great accomplishment, sure to bring you a decent living. Now people know. The best example of this impact, was an exchange I saw between a foreign trained law student and an NYU LLM admissions representative. It’s documented here and you can find it by searching for the question from “Priya.” If people from other countries know about the problem then the word has gotten out.
Thanks to the ability of your blogs to act as a homing beacon for tier 2 grads and students – all wishing to give the prairie dog’s warning call – there is enough information out there for everyone to make an informed decision.
Now that, I hope, you believe it’s me, here’s the subject of this email. I am writing to let you know that I’m retiring from blogging. After spending a year on this project, I think it’s time to move on. I’ve become far too invested in it for my own good. I’ll often post, not because I’m interested in doing so, but because it’s the thing I do with my free time. Although it’s an important cause, I want to do other things with my life. We all have our things which we focus on, and you can’t really move onto another thing until you give up the thing you currently devote your attention to.
The main reason I’m writing, though, is to ask you to please give this a small note on your blogs. People sometimes expect me to comment on something, and I feel guilty not doing so. I want people to know that I’m not going to post anymore. I want the Loyola 2L moniker to die once and for all.
Please note this is not a faux retirement. I promise you will never see another post from me. I’ve lost interest in this pursuit for months really, and although I force a conversation out now and then, my heart’s not really in it. Related to this, there is no vast Loyola 2L posting base. I’m 95% of the serious posts from the moniker.
Thank you again for allowing me to post on your blogs, and I hope both of you have tremendous success in your blogging careers.
Have a great year,
End of an Era: The Retirement of Loyola 2L? [WSJ Law Blog]