BoGuaGua wrote:anyone actually read the study? it was tl;dr for me, so what was wrong with it exactly?
Among other things, using a bevy of irrelevant statistics to try and predict macro demand for lawyers (lawyers per capita, lawyer/GDP, while ignoring the most obvious and relevant statistic: there are 45,000 law graduates and only 25,000 entry level jobs per year. The report engages in some pretty wild contortions without bringing up this figure. It also focuses too much on this big picture to the exclusion of the real question: what are job opportunities in Indiana going to look at for graduates of a TTT or, at best, a TT.
Really basic logic flaws. For example, the report justifies opening the law school because Indiana has a very few lawyers per capita, without failing to consider that this may be because there is less demand for legal work in Indiana than in, say, New York or DC. Instead it states that lawyers are a "resource for social and economic development" which is confusing correlation and causation. This is basic LSAT stuff.
Concluding that because there are applicants who don't make it into IU-B and IU-I that there should be an additional law school to keep up with demand, with no consideration to whether the Indiana legal market can absorb those graduates.
I could go on and on but I'm tired. The whole thing just seems to build from the conclusion.
They also worry about the "brain drain" ? from Indiana because of all the people who don't go to school in Indiana and also there are people who even give up their dream of going to law school. LOL (like the students who leave for the T14 are going to stay for this unaccredited TTT school.) They are aiming to at least not be the worst school in Indiana. I'm sure that will convince a lot of people to stay!
At no point that I saw did they consider the employment outcomes for their potential students. If the Dean weren't so afraid of getting his feelings hurt by all the mean girls here, he could answer that question. I may email him this weekend to ask about that.
For anyone considering this unaccedited school which can guarantee you nothing, here is a list of the 30 other schools within a 200 mile radius of Fort Wayne. These schools run the gamut so there is no doubt you could get into one of them that the ABA has actually accredited. Not that I am saying this is a good plan, just that of all these choices, the unaccredited school is the worst. Don't go there.
Notre Dame, Valparaiso, IU - Indianapolis, IU - Bloomintgton, University of Illinois, John Marshall, Depaul, Loyola, Chicago-KenTT, University of Chicago, Northwestern, Marquette, University of Louisville, Northern Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Akron, Ohio State, Ohio Northern, Capital, Case Western, Cleveland Marshall, Cooley's Michigan campuses, University of Michigan, Detroit-Mercy, Wayne State, and Michigan State.