ricking1288 wrote:yo could try Maine because they only have like 2 black students, 6 asian students, and like 4 hispanic students. Check the school profile on TLS. It says it right there. The dilemma is that you would have to go to school in Maine, but there is a lot of white women and who doesn't like white women
ROFL who are you addressing or is this a general "you"? I already have my school list chosen (although there is room for tweaking as time passes)...and yes some schools with undesirable locations I was going to X off the list but if they are highly regarded/ranked I have to leave them there (pending LSAT...if I get a silly score I can cut the list in half or, retake). Because money/cost matters and location turns out to be potential career suicide when choosing a law school, two schools that showed up in my research of "outside the box" (for me) schools on the electronic ABA guide search are no longer possible considerations. Based on cost/scholarship sizes/bar passage rates, University of Toledo was far and away a big winner. Based on family housing/cost/bar passage rates (and the 360 degrees tour of their on campus housing!) Brigham Young was the next out of the box winner. Brigham Young also seemed to do well with international students, and I am actually more concerned with the level of foreign students than the level of students with skin like mine.
Then as my research went along I realized if the school is not a T-14 (in this economy, probably a higher cutoff than that), then it has to be in a location (read, state) I want to practice in after graduation and therefore live for probably the rest of my life unless I return home. There are only two states that meet that requirement 100%, including the one I currently live in, so that means go T14 or go home, literally. lol.
No matter what other search criterion I change, the one thing that is always a must is the bar passage rate being above 90%. Another thing that's a must is employment within 9 months of graduation being above 90%. And don't forget attrition. Those are my three major criteria: Bar passage rate, employment rate, attrition rate... and, for non T-14s, location. There is only one T-14 (of the ones I want to apply to) that has an attractive location...so the rest just are what they are.
I keep a close CLOSE eye on these schools' attrition rates. No sense admitting the whole United States if half of them are failing out. If more than 5% of them are failing, I have a problem with that because that more than anything else is how I know the school that chooses me has a selection process that basically guarantees if I get in, I WILL get out. If the attrition is in the double digits, the school won't be on my list unless some other really strong factor outweighs that glaring issue.
And what are the job prospects out of a Maine law school? Isn't that only for out of state students and Maine residents who want to practice IN Maine after graduation? And white women who don't like white women? Huhhhhh?
So hopefully now that people know MY criteria for selecting a school, they stop thinking my question was posed to help ME out. Lol I'm just getting URMs reading the board to think outside the box, and by encouraging people to argue on both sides of this, show them the pros and cons of this version of thinking outside the box cause my opinion lays on only one side of the fence.
Matter of fact I just got the idea for a new thread. Lol thanks.