jvincent11 wrote: matthewsean85 wrote:
jvincent11 wrote:Coming from a New Yorker, Fordham Law is prestigious. Maybe not on this forum because of the obsession with T14, but there are more than 14 law schools in the country. Schools such as Fordham, BC, ND, GW are elite schools just not the best of the best.
Maybe a few people are "obsessed with T14," but most are just obsessed with getting jobs. I'd hardly call a $275k investment into a 50% chance of a worthwhile job elite. I'm not even talking about jobs that pay off the debt, we're talking straight desirable employment.
I'd call those schools reputable and a much better investment than the TJSLs and Cooleys of the world, but does that make them a sound investment?
Whether it's a sound investment has nothing to do with whether it's elite. In this market, the employment statistics at some elite schools just aren't as high people would like them to be. Elitism is based on relativity, not a set parameter.
I understand the major benefits of attending a T14, as I expect that is where I will end up (168 3.9+), but people on this forum treat schools in the 20-30s like they are complete garbage.
Do not compare Fordham to Cooley. Fordham is closer to Harvard than Cooley.
What is your definition of elite then? Big library? Top faculty? Nice campus?
These things might be a fringe benefit, but I'd rather go to law school in a cardboard box that gave me the best chance for employment over any of this. We can spend all day trying to define 'elite,' but for the sake of a professional school meant to get you a job in the field, why not just throw out the idea of relative elitism and look at it strictly as an investment in both time and money?
I wasn't trying to compare Fordham to Cooley at all (notice I referred to them as reputable prior to discussing Cooley?), and in reality I'm not saying Fordham is a bad choice if you're going with a substantial scholarship. I'm mostly calling out that taking the time to define what are and are not elite law schools is pointless. It's all about being a sound financial investment.