And many of whom entered law school and took on that debt during a time when a law firm layoff was unheard of, i.e. you were pretty much assured that you'd be able to put in 4-5 years in big law to pay down your debt.
Anyone who entered law school after 2008 should have done so with their eyes wide open. But there were plenty of law students before that time who took on a lot of debt with the realistic and well-founded expectation that they'd be able to land and keep a job that would allow them to pay it off.
Surely young lawyers at big firms aren't the most sympathetic figures in the economic meltdown, but there were plenty of decent people who got hid hard over the last 5 years, and I don't think the fact that they at one point in time commanded a large salary should make them objects of scorn.