Rockfish wrote:I've been a lawyer since the 1980s, and please let me tell you that everything Paul Campos says is right. There is a glut of lawyers. Many graduates of elite law schools now cannot find a job that will pay off their investment. Graduates of non-elite schools struggle to get any kind of legal job. There's nothing wrong with being an insurance adjuster, but it's crazy to pay law school tuition for three years to become an insurance adjuster.
In this market, those associated with Indiana Tech law school should go to jail. They are selling a degree that will be utterly useless to their graduates. Two bucks and an Indiana Tech law degree won't even get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. This law school is purely a mechanism to transfer funds from people who don't know any better to people who absolutely do know better. Those admitted to this diploma mill are being hornswoggled. Indeed, entrants at far better law schools are being hornswoggled, but even by the mercenary standards of current law schools this is egregiously egregious.
To all those considering law school: Don't. Or at least don't do it unless you've been admitted to an elite school and can either make law review or have an independent source of financing (e.g., screwing your parents to get job you won't get). (For LSAT pedants, this could either be an "i.e." clause or an "e.g." clause, but since there are various methods for securing funds to make a huge mistake, I used "e,g." Also for LSAT pedants, remember that "very unique" is superfluous.)
This entire thread reminds me of graffiti I saw in Michigan law school bathrooms: "If you're reading this you're hopelessly behind in CivPro." In much the same way, if your decision is based on this thread, you're hopelessly fucked. And when I say this I mean that you are completely and utterly screwed and unless you kick ass in a strong law school you should consider barking for the yak woman in a carnival.
Don't kid yourselves. Even if you're one of the salmon who make it all the way upstream, you'll only become a partner if lots of independently wealthy salmon give their fishy business to you. Or if you can attract other fishy characters to your firm. But in neither case will anything you learned in law school have anything remotely to do with your success or failure. If your intellect favors business or liberal arts or bartending or whatever, then go there and be happy. But don't give these frauds your hard-earned money -- and in particular don't give them your later-to-be-paid debt. Treat them like they're selling you a George Foreman grill, because for the most part that's all they've got.
I found this the other day:
They admitted their first law student. Here are the highlights:
1. "decided to take advantage of the law school’s early binding decision admissions program and sent her only application to Indiana Tech"
2. "several people indicated to us that Indiana Tech Law School was their top choice, so we decided to give those applicants a streamlined early admission application process"
3. "Megan has very strong credentials and could probably attend many of the law schools in our region"
4. "If everything goes as planned I’d love to study estate law and focus on trust and wills"