First of all, Merry Christmas to everyone and let me also assure Nony that I do have a question for the good Dean here.
I generally like to stay out of the bickering that occurs so regularly on TLS. I'm not going to get involved in this little squabble above beyond saying this. I have often agreed with cotiger in threads and have disagreed with Brut as well (we've even carried debates into PMs on more than one occasion). In this case, I agree completely with Brut. Brut and Banjo have both brought up points that I agree with or would like answered by the Dean. That is all I will say about that because such debates are better served in private messages.
Dean Freedman, first, let me thank you for your willingness to come on here and answer questions to make Kansas more transparent. I do admire you for that. Now, we all know you not only want to clear up questions, but also hope to persuade potential admits because as you said, you've been told Top Law Schools is a widely used resource for new students. I have no problem with that, if you can add to the transparency while simultaneously helping your own school, then we all benefit and more Deans might decide to come here and do the same. So once again, thank you.
So, let me begin my question. In this instance, I will be a student deciding on law schools. I have no qualms about Kansas law based on silly football rivalries. I frankly know nothing about the school or the state of Kansas beyond what I've learned here in this thread. I imagine that is how many out of state students you are targeting feel. I have positive feelings toward state schools with reasonable tuition, and I genuinely would like to know about benefits that your school has to offer me.
Unfortunately, I have concerns about issues that have arisen in this thread. I have now learned that despite the relatively lower tuition of Kansas, at least 75% (accounting for tuition, living expenses, minus your 75th percentile scholarship grant) of your in-state students go into six figure debt to attend your school. As an out of state student, I am even more concerned because my potential debt looms closer to $200,000. This number is extremely troublesome when you consider that 40% of your students are unable to find long-term legal work within 9 months of graduation (minus those 8 solo practitioners you mentioned). Of those with jobs, it seems only a small percentage of those jobs would allow me to service the kind of loans ~75% of your entering class incur to attend, especially considering your school does not seem to offer a well-known, highly regarded LRAP program (if you do, please correct me).
Not only this, but certain things have caused me additional concerns, namely, your unwillingness to discuss your school's report on law school transparency and your misleading language within certain messages (as has been pointed out by Brut and Banjo). We also were presented evidence (that you confirmed the authenticity of) that shows you behaving immature, threatening, and unprofessional toward an immature law applicant, which because you are a Dean and therefore a representative of your school's "brand", unfortunately paints your institution in a poor light.
However, as I said, I know nothing about Kansas beyond this thread, and have no doubt you feel differently about these issues. For the benefit of myself and the other potential students that will one day find this thread and see these less than positive statistics and quotes, I would like to know something. In your personal opinion, what are some good qualities of your school that outweigh these statistics, and furthermore, what else would you say to a potential student to help alleviate his/her concerns?
Once again, thank you and Merry Christmas.