lawforthemasses wrote:I am a December 2009 graduate of Phoenix School of Law. I sat for the February 2010 bar exam and passed it my first time. I found the school to be completely helpful in getting me practice-ready and prepared to enter the workforce. I had zero delays in getting hired and took my first job as an associate in a small firm. The pay wasn't good, but I had to start somewhere and knew I could promote myself in due time. Now, having practiced for three-plus years, I can tell you that not once I have encountered discounts to my abilities as an attorney by either colleagues or clients. I am making six-figures and enjoy my current firm. I cannot comment on the current situation within the school, but when I attended I believe I got a quality legal education.
I have no comment on the truth or falsity of the post. We have no way of verifying the claims, although the author is apparently wiling to meet anyone for lunch.
First: This is a direct quote from one managing partner of a mid-sized firm I know of in Phoenix: "There isn't a chance in hell I'd ever agree to hire a graduate of that school." The school in question was PSOL. Another partner from a different firm who was part of the conversation nodded his head in agreement. (I'm in government so I just smirked.) I know that this is a widely held view among lawyers in the community. Do I think it's totally fair? Probably not but what do I care. If I want to ban all graduates from PSOL or for that matter Yale, that would be my prerogative if I ran a firm.
Second: Kudos to this guy for landing a "six figure" salary as a 3rd year associate at a "small firm." I don't know how he pulled that off but it is extremely misleading to suggest that other people can pull it off too. I'm familiar with what the salaries are at Phoenix and Scottsdale firms, big, small, and mid-sized. 3 year lawyers are nowhere near six figures unless they're in BIGLAW or working for one of the very rare mid-sized firms that have elite, boutique characteristics (like Osborn Maledon, which prefers Ivy League credentials).
Notably, the author doesn't give additional details that would allow us to judge whether his situation is unique to him (which I'm quite sure it is) or not. The point is: 3 year lawyers with degrees from PSOL are doing very poorly in the Arizona legal market today. The school's job statistics confirm that conclusion. The free ride sounds great until you consider the 70% chance of your losing it for your 2L year, when they know you won't want to quit for finances alone.