Paul Campos wrote:
It doesn't work that way, at all. The career prospects at the number 30 school look way more like those at the number 195 school than they look like those at the T-6 schools (which aren't so great either when you consider debt, risk, and psychic costs).
I don't understand why you say things like this, because they really make it harder to believe that all this anti-law school stuff that you're saying is valid, unexaggerated information. Obviously, there is risk at every school. There's risk in every job in any field. However, in looking at University of Chicago, for example, 99% of their 2009 graduates were employed. Yes, I understand that some people get pushed out of their big law firms, but that's true of any job anywhere. I would take 99% employment post-graduation over my generally non-existent poli sci degree employment prospects any day. It's absurd to claim that the prospects at schools like this are "not great," because if that's true, then what is great? HYS? Wouldn't produce enough graduates. Or are you implying that it's only acceptable to go to the T-6 with no debt? That would produce far fewer lawyers than there are JD-required job openings a year. Furthermore, obviously schools couldn't afford to only matriculate students on full-rides.
Your posts, especially when you say things like the bolded above, just make it sound like law school will never
be a good idea. I imagine that the future supreme court justices of the world who are graduating now will disagree with you pretty strongly a few years down the road.
I understand that you're more skilled in making arguments, that you're a law professor and I'm an uninformed 0L, etc., but if I'm the jury you're just not convincing me. I'm not trying to be disrespectful (even on the internet, lol), but if I'm supposed to take everything you say as if it were handed down on stone tablets the way most on this forum do, I would like to understand what exactly you're advocating and why. I I saw that someone asked you earlier what circumstances you do think that students should consider attending law school, but I didn't see your answer. Perhaps I missed it?