EmoryThreeL wrote:I want to use this post to clarify. I come off a little dbag. I'm not worried about that. I did it on purpose because I knew my demeanor would cause a stir in the law school. I bet there are 3Ls at Emory checking this thread out right now when they would otherwise not give TLS a look. Check out the page views on this thread. Mission accomplished. They should chime in with candor.
The biggest thing to me as a 0L was transparency. I didn't care to be wined and dined. I knew law schools just used bs to recruit and talk about how great they are. Bottom line, they don't really care about anything other than increasing their prestige and collecting your tuition dollars. Sure, faculty, as individuals, care. But lets be real. This is a business transaction. If I dropped six figures and ended up jobless, I'd be pissed. And why's that? Because I may have been fooled into thinking Emory itself would carry me home.
Nonsense. I'm here to say that in this tier of law schools (WUSTL, GW, BC, BU), you need to work at it. Think very, very hard before spending serious money. And know that your work doesn't end in class. The interview for a job never stops.
When Above The Law got the Partlett email, some students were furious. "Who would do this to our law school?!" "This just makes us look even worse." Who cares? When people are spending 100k+, give them all the information possible. People were pissed at it being released because it made Emory look bad and they think it'll hurt their future job search. No, your bellyaching will hurt it more. When I heard about Emory's employment numbers, I said "THANK YOU!" So many people are suckered into Emory being a golden ticket. Complete nonsense.
I'm not saying Emory is John Marshall. There's a difference. The Emory degree gives you a brand of saying, yes, she's competent. But no one is going to be automatically impressed and be begging to give you an offer. Emory will give you the tools, I assure you.
I mean, there are 3Ls right now independently collecting employment data of our class. That's awesome information but why not do this sooner? Reminds me of when someone gets a bad grade on an exam. They look and see if anyone else did bad so they can collectively blame the class, prof, test, whatever other than him/herself for not studying as well as he/she should have. Maybe if they spent their time more constructively, they'd be employed. These people are calling for Career Services' heads. But for what? CSOs at nearly every single law school are the same.
I suspect there are faculty at Emory reading this, cringing at my demeanor, but applauding my shots at my classmates. If you disagree with the way I carry myself, the information I speak is still hopefully helpful. Law school is a serious financial decision. Go into it with full knowledge of what you're getting yourself into and expect to work in and out of class.