smoothies wrote:Would someone please explain to me why going to either one of these schools is a bad idea IF
1. cost is not an issue for the OP
2. he/she has got a guaranteed job with the family firm
3. all schools teach the same basic law concepts and probably have reasonably competent professors
4. once you get a job and/or reach a certain age, where you went to school becomes a pretty insignificant issue
5. a good deal of what you need to learn (practically-speaking) to be a lawyer doesn't come from law school anyway
I know you want to jump all over this and ridicule it, but I would prefer some sound reasoning instead of clever diatribe.
1. Cost is always an issue. The money can be better spent than throwing it away on these schools.
2. There are no guarantees in employment. He won't have to compete for a job, but who knows how stable that family firm is given the economy. Or whatever other disasters can happen. One poster here lost a job and hasn't been able to find another for more than a year because of illness at the small firm he worked out. Stuff happens, why put yourself in a situation where the only way you will have a job is if your family hires you.
3. I don't know what the bar passage rates are for these schools. If you don't pass the bar, you can't work. Also, this is a lie, the quality of schools varies tremendously in terms of preparing you for practice. The idea that law concepts are taught equally well at all schools is one I don't buy when you are looking at schools that are at the bottom of the barrel.
4.Where you went to school will always be significant if you go to a terrible school, I dunno, maybe when you're 40 or 50, but it sure will matter if OP needs another job outside of his family firm.
5. Arggh - this is no reason to go to a terrible school.
And to add: these are two of the worst schools in the entire United States. OP only gets to go to law school once. Why shouldn't he aim higher instead of settling for what he has? I will never understand that attitude of being willing to accept less than you can achieve.