Suits99 wrote:You guys seem to not get it, or maybe I don't and I won't be offended if you tell me so. I am under the impression that any of the top 100 laws schools that this website lists are worth going to. I obviously understand that certain law schools give you a better shot at a good job, but it seems that you are arguing that the bottom 50 law schools in the top 100 are terrible and there is no chance you can practice law if you go to them.
It's good to see that you've got an open-mind and are seeking out this information. You're leagues ahead of many of the stubborn folks who post here for the first time, so kudos for that.
That said, you have a lot to learn before you make this expensive, time-consuming investment that is law school and a career in law. Please, please do your homework before you take the plunge. Most of the law schools in the country aren't worth going to, and most of the law schools in the top 100 aren't good ideas without a full ride or close to it. The job market is shitty right now, and unless you go to a truly elite school, you're looking at 30-50k to start, if you can find work at all.
Additionally, your reliance on the rankings (top 50, 50-100, outside the top 100, etc.) is misplaced. The rankings are virtually worthless. There are schools in the 100+ range I'd take over schools in the top 50, and there is mostly no difference between the lower T50 schools and the schools in the 50-100 range. Start focusing on job placement data.
But if you want to talk about the Tier 2 (50-100) schools, in general, we're talking about schools that place 50-60% of their graduates into full-time, permanent, JD-required jobs (aka real lawyers) and place less than 5% into firms of 100+ (aka firms that pay well). You'd be a fool to throw down your money for that kind of investment.
Suits99 wrote:How could these schools still exist if everyone that goes to them graduates and then does nothing related to law?
No one is saying that. Many of these graduates go on to successful and rewarding careers. But in today's economy, most don't, and a huge percentage of the people graduating from these schools would most certainly avoid law school like the plague if they had a do-over.
How do these schools still exist, or even thrive? Because of the naive attitude that you're displaying here. Most people in this country are clueless about what the legal industry looks like, how legal hiring works, how much it costs, etc. They're suckers getting sucked in by lies. But you don't have to be one of them. You've got a community of very knowledgeable and very helpful people right here, and a wealth of job data and information at your disposal. Use it.