flawschoolkid wrote:One of the harsh truths I think TLS misses in a bigway is that Law School is a "second chance" to get into a competitive field. I'm not saying its a good shot, but its a chance.
Consider someone who dicked around in high school and couldn't get into a T20 university. They're basically fucked if they want a lucrative career in finance, consulting, etc. They could have gone into engineering or computer science (and only engineer, because life sciences are also a huge trap), and had better job prospects. But still, the most lucrative jobs in those fields want top graduates from top schools. I would be comfortable assuming that in almost every career, if you fuck around in high school you've put yourself at some insurmountable disadvantage going forward. Even Business School care
Of course, these kids need to take some personal responsibility for their choices. But lets say they do go to that state school or middling private school and get pretty good grades. They can take one standardized, learnable test, and go to a "good" law school at that point. Nothing in their background, short of C&F type issues, is going to seriously hinder them if they have GPA + LSAT. Many of these kids (and that includes me) see that chance and take it. Its a clearly defined path to a career, even if its a shit one.
That second chance is worth a lot. It costs only 3 years of your life and a lot of debt, which you can do a lot to avoid in modern admissions cycles.
This is basically my view, though I don't think going to Big State U instead of a finance target school necessarily means that you "fucked around in high school"; nor does it mean that you're lazy and dumb, as another poster obnoxiously suggested.
You shouldn't blame a kid for not going to an elite undergrad. When he's is 17 and applying to college, he might not know to study for the SAT (or have the money for prep materials), might not have ambitious parents (or college-educated parents at all) pushing him to apply to Ivies, might not have a "personal statement coach," SAT tutor, or any of those other expensive assistants, etc. Getting into an elite college involves a lot of cultural and familial factors, not just intelligence and work ethic, so students should not be blamed for "undermatching."