Monday, October 25, 2010

YouTube Video Parodying the Value of Going to Law School Goes Viral

Many of us enjoyed the "So You Want to Go to Law School" video and now it has gone viral.  (The video was produced by a guy who calls himself David and who has his own blog, The Corner.)


I think most of its publicity came from its being on CNN, though I can't find the video.  However, I was able to find a transcript. The hosts were discussing how easy it is to produce an Xtra Normal video:

LEVS: Now the next thing I'm showing you is what might become a new phenomenon.  There's a program out there called Xtranormal that will allow you to create your own animated video.

WHITFIELD: OK.

LEVS: By just typing in words, and watch what happens, here's an example of a guy.  This guy put one together called "You're sure you want to go to law school?"  Take a look.

I had seen "So You Want to go to Law School" before but didn't know it had gone viral.  I learned about it when I discovered that my own XtraNormal video (on YouTube) had started picking up thousands of new hits and I began searching for the reason.  Apparently my video is piggybacking on "So You Want to go to Law School", being listed as the second video reference for it.


David discussed his XtraNormal video in two posts on his blog, which does not appear to be a law school scambuster blog:

How a Video Goes Viral

So You Want to Go to Law School...

Congratulations, David, and awesome job with your video!

EDIT: I just found out that Elie Mystal cited my cartoon in one of his Above the Law posts. Thanks Elie!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great work on your blog!!

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Did you catch the WSJ Law blog article on Law Schools and employment data?

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/10/19/on-law-schools-and-employment-data-is-the-aba-the-answer/

I think it would be great if everybody went over and commmented, and the number of comments went from 16 to 16,000.

Maybe the WSJ would realize this is a big deal and do a bunch more stories....

just a thought.

RBSHoo said...

thanks for the post on my video, and for the commentary. Still amazed by the response, still obsessively checking the YouTube page view counter.

Nando said...

This video summed up the "profession" nicely. It also shows the crazed mentality of prospective law students. Sadly, you see this with non-trad lemmings, as well. I am glad you are able to piggy-back off of this high-quality work. It's been a while since I have seen your video.

dwkazzie said...

Hi there. I just wanted to let you know that I've started a weekly video series following our intrepid law student Carrie-Ann as she heads off to law school. I would love it if you could give me another shout-out.

Frank the Underemployed Professional said...

Dwkazzie, thanks for letting me know. I'll check it out and start adding it to my list of cartoons.

dwkazzie said...

Thanks, Frank. You may have noted I changed my Blogger user name from RBSHoo to dwkazzie between my two previous comments -- I just did this so it would match the YouTube user name I posted the original Law School video under.

sourapplesunite said...

Brilliant videos! I am a somewhat disgruntled teacher who is on the road to making a career switch. I explored law school an option and even studied for the LSAT and visited a local law school. Nevertheless, talking to practicing lawyers and becoming breathless from seeing the tuition prices stopped me dead in my tracks.

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