Adm.Doppleganger wrote:So a part of American's unattractiveness for you stems from its prestige in its market? Is it really that bad? I'd have to take your word for it. I totally get the price tag though but you're saying some low ranked schools have better prestige in their markets?
Which school would you recommend over AU? One that would give you more scholly or one that's better positioned in its market? I'm just really curious because a family friend of mine went to AU in the late 90s and has been trying to get me to apply.
Edit: Got it, GMU. What are feelings on W&L or W&M over AU? Any?
W&L and WM have pretty good reps and are really nice places to go to school. GM is better than AU regardless of stats from the past b/c it's a riser, close to the real DC (downtown, cap hill), and is more or less a steal. All 3 are better than AU for various reasons. I can't give you a specific school ranked lower than AU that would be better b/c it all depends on where exactly you want to practice but in general the regional ones that are well positioned in their markets seem to give pretty good schollies b/c they want to keep attracting better students than their regional peers.
I always find it astounding that people act like a "riser" means anything. Guys this isnt horse racing, employers who are 15-30 years out of school could give a **** if a school moved 4 places up in rankings over the past year. This isnt the stock market where you can buy low and sell high(go to a riser at a cheaper price).
You guys are delusional to think even 5% of employers have any concept of these insane minutia details you boil matricultion to law school at. These are people and the real world, not fantasy football where its as simple as crunching some ranking numbers and x,y,z happens.
What really matters is the cost. I worked for a guy in Chicago who went to Dayton Law School, came back to Chicago and owned one of the top civil rights law firms in downtown Chicago by his early 40s(one guy I know but this is more substantive than your riser/faller theories). By the time these schools "rise" it won't matter because after your first job, your school means jack **** (unless maybe you run for office and even then look at the John Boehners of the world).
That said, cost is what matters and employment prospects. Sheesh.