This is just a symptom of the larger problem: many (most?) law school applicants are horribly, horribly ignorant of the application process, law school, and the legal field. I know this has been discussed in other threads, but I'm still in awe. You'd think people would put more effort and research into such a life-altering decision. But I guess that's the way it goes: survival of the fittest.
To the bolded part, I think a lot of lay people make the mistaken assumption that law school is a lot like med school - i.e., there may be rankings, but it's law school, so they must all be legitimately decent to good. And when people think about the stereotypical ambulance chasers or the "Have you or a loved one taken the drug blafeiojeiodadi? Have you experienced high blood pressure, hair loss, death, or even chronic blue balls??? If so, you may be able to join this class action suit. Call now!" commercials, they probably think those guys either got their law degrees from one of those obviously-not-legit mail correspondence classes you see advertised, or just don't have a degree. (I also think a lot of people do not realize that there are laws against practicing law without a license, probably because they get pro se mixed up with being allowed to practice in general.) I was no better; like I said, I didn't even know there was a such thing as a non-accredited law school. Still kind of flabbergasted at that.
On a related note, I've been contemplating starting a thread questioning why pre-law advisors and some law school career centers seem to suck so hard. This seems to be an almost unanimous position, especially with the pre-law advisors - they are just as clueless as applicants are at best, and give contradictory or flat out wrong advice at worst. WHY is this? This is possibly the most mystifying part of applying to law school to me: why these people have no guidelines or rules to follow, and thus are allowed to mislead so many potential students with no repercussions. I mean, seriously, I'm starting to consider becoming a pre-law advisor, b/c it's clear I don't need to know shit about the law or law school to be one.
I lol'd. You need to show them the light
. But I think you're right, I have some friends i'm not sure if I should show them TLS. I probably should but I don't if they're ready for the real-ness you get on TLS. It's just hard when everyone else throws so much bs and blows so much smoke, do I want to show people how it really is?
Yeah, these are classmates from a paralegal program I just finished (I do wish I'd found this site before I signed up for that, but that is a whole other story). I like all of my classmates a lot, but it's not like we've known each other for years, so I don't want be that know-it-all, dream-killing bitch who is like "you know
Cooley** is a tttoilet, right?" TLS can be pretty raw, and I think it's easy to get butt-hurt if you a) had a really rose-colored view of what law school is supposed to be and/or b) you've never been on a forum board before, ever. Forum boards in general can be pretty tough no matter what the topic, but once you've seen how one operates then you can usually handle some harshness anywhere else.
On the plus side, I sat at the front of the class, where people behind me could see my notebook, and I was definitely on TLS more than I was taking notes, so hopefully they got curious and are now lurking or posting, too.
**One of my classmates applied to some schools last cycle. Someone asked her if she was planning on starting this fall and whether she'd been accepted anywhere. She said she had decided to wait and reapply this cycle because she was going to need a break after finishing these classes. Then she said, "And I got accepted to one...I got accepted to Cooley. Which is the other reason I'm not going..." I think her actual reason was waiting to see if she could get $$$ anywhere by applying earlier but I'm not really sure b/c after "the other reason I'm not going," I was laughing to myself too hard to focus at the moment.