tarp wrote:If you follow the advice of these people, only the top 14 schools are even worth attending.
I know plenty of successful lawyers who graduated from schools these people are calling "toilets."
I wonder how many of these posters actually hold a J.D. and know anything about the profession of law.
If you expect a 160k salary to be handed to you on a silver platter, then no, don't attend these schools. Jobs are not plentiful right now. If you have something else to fall back on, like a biochem degree, or some business sense, then by all means attend one of these schools if tuition is reasonable (which it is, with the scholarship offers you received).
I have a JD from one of the most prestigious schools in the nation and I hold a desirable job. Do not attend one of these schools.
OP, You don't understand the job market, you really really don't. Just because you know a couple of people who did well from their schools, it doesn't mean that they are representative of these schools.
NYLS was recently sued by its students for its misleading information. That case was thrown out on appeal because law students are supposed to be educated and sophisticated consumers. And that the hugely misleading and exaggerated employment and income figures promoted by the school were so obviously false that no one would have believed them.
In its decision, however, the Court of Appeals strongly suggest the conduct of the dean and others in putting up these figures were unethical. There is some movement to bring ethics complaints with the board of bar examiners against the deans and others involved in promoting false and misleading data.
Drexel is so new you should not consider it.
You have no idea what the employment market is like. Honestly, most people only want biglaw for the money for a few years to repay their debt. Few people expect to stay in biglaw and make partner. If you don't get biglaw, repaying debt will be problematic. If you want to live with it for 20 years while you are on the pay as you go plan, that is your choice. Just be prepared for this as a much more realistic possibility than getting a job practicing law (at all, much less at a salary that will allow you to repay loans) from these schools.
No one expects a 6 figure job to be handed them on a platter. Many people study for the LSAT with a huge amount of work, retake it if they don't do well, and most have worked pretty hard in undergrad. Most work hard in law school too, in order to get top grades. As you probably don't know, law school is graded on a mandatory curve so that the differences between the top and median are not that great. It isn't like science where if you know the material you will do well. It is possible to know the material and end up at median.
You need to do more research before you go to any of these schools. Some of these schools charge as much as Harvard ( or more). Please don't be taken in by them.