Just as another side note, all the "evidence" you gave was anecdotal to "you and your friends" doing well. All the real statistics taken over a large grouping of schools (not just one school) point in the exact opposite direction when it comes to T3/T4 schools and finding jobs. Also, when did you graduate?
Finally, what you talked about above --- older students ability to get jobs --- ...nobody is debating this. I'm sure older students are more capable at finding jobs... but that still doesn't change the fact that coming from a T3/T4 school with massive debt and a shitty economy, even as an older student, your chances are slim to none...and coming from a T1 school (which the OP is more than capable of getting into if she puts in the time) opens many more doors / options.
EXACTLY I don't talk out of my ass about generalizations made from statistics about people I don't know (don't know thier work ethic, thier connections, thier ablities, thier willingsness to give up). I also don't tell people they have zero % chance of finding a job. Why? because I've learned that the only thing I am 100% sure about is the stuff I have actually personal done or seen done myself. I'm not a fortune teller, nor am I so sure of myself that I will tell others what will happen to them with the certainty that has been thrown around in this thread. Instead I use MYSELF and MY EXPERIENCES as examples, and let people decide for themselves.
I do have strong opinions on things, and those opinions have been formed from my personal experience
, but track my posts I have never told someone (in a serious post) that this is their future because I know it better than they do
Me = always talk about shit I have personally done, seen or been through, using examples from people I know, those are my ONLY credentials and the only way I will give advice.
Internet experts = talk about shit they have not personal done, experienced or been through but with certainty that it will be the result for someone else they don't know. BIG LS message board pet peeve of mine.
Give your opinion if you want, but categorically saying something will or will not happen to someone other than yourself that you have not personally done or experienced is BS and does nothing more than encourage group think (that i think is personally damaging for future law students).
I graduated in may 2009 with a JD and MLS/LLM, went part-time to law school for five years and clerked for firms, judges and did my own contract legal work during the day since 2005. Been an active member (as a student) of the local bar associations since 2004, a member of the Inn of the Court since 2005 and know more lawyers and judges with 10+ years experience than I know who aren't. Hence, again, I use my personal experience when I make suggestions and don't predict others future, because those who have predicted mine where all wrong.