Mal Reynolds wrote:John1990 is a great example of the type of idiots scam law schools prey on.
I understand where he's coming from, though. When I first expressed interest in law school, the lawyers I knew (although encouraging me to study hard for the LSAT) told me not to sweat rankings. My mentor, a wealthy M&A lawyer who graduated from a TTTT in the 70s, told me that if I go to a low ranked school, I just need to work hard and focus on graduating in the top 10% -- firm offers and six figure salaries would follow.
"Easy", I thought. I can go to Western New England like my father did and I'll turn out fine. Besides, I'm a hard worker and a good student (my UGPA notwithstanding). As I watched friends filter into TTs and TTTs and TTTTs, it strongly reinforced that belief. I wasn't stupid; I just took too seriously the advice of people who graduated law school in a different era, and I deluded myself into thinking that I'd rise to the top of a low-ranked school and be fine.
If I hadn't found TLS and the scamblogs, it's unlikely I'd do the due diligence that led me to reason that, for my goals, it was going to be T-14 or bust. That's when I hit the books.
I give consultations to a lot of prospective JDs (I teach LSAT), many of them who have parents or mentors who graduated law school in the 70s and 80s. A lot of them are severely misinformed. I've had consultations with no less than a dozen prospective JDs looking to practice corporate law, yet aiming for schools like NYLS, Pace, and CUNY (shockingly, one of my students was convinced to attend NYLS by her advisor who, drumroll please, was a professor at NYLS). I've given consultations to students who were in disbelief that COAs run well in the 200k+ range at sticker. I've given consultations to students who were certain they could strike it rich in solo practice despite the legal market being in the shitter.
And these are well-spoken, intelligent, earnest people. But they just can't fathom how much things have changed since their parents and mentors were in law school. And some, after I refer them to resources online, think I'm an elitist shitbag trying to shame them for not having T1 aspirations.
Anyways, fuck shitboomers. And I hope anyone thinking about these kinds of schools seriously consults some people who have entered the legal workforce recently
. Not sure if John has made up his mind yet, and a lot of this rant isn't applicable to him, but I'm still hoping he seeks out some recent TJLS alumni and talks job prospects before he attends his first classes.