Olto wrote:Again, you all represent maybe 1% of the law school 0Ls. You can reinforce each other with your beliefs and often come to the same conclusions because you all read the same material on this site. Literally every single 0L I have talked to has NOT heard about TLS or LSD.org. Out of the ~dozen 1Ls that I have mentioned TLS to, maybe 2 have acknowledged that they know it. Most people do their own research in their own ways, as described above. Yes, I tell 0Ls to avoid regional schools if they want to practice in a different area, but not everyone does the same and the information that is out there doesn't point conclusively in one direction or the other.
So you guys can all indict the average 0L for not wanting to listen to your advice, but I find that generally the opinions promulgated on this site, while well-informed and strongly reasoned, are not representative of the information elsewhere available and also often run counter to what else they might have heard from friends, alums of schools, etc. Again, not everyone has 1500 posts on ANY message board; the internet isn't the end-all-be-all to most of us. There's a lot of information out there and a lot of people are apprehensive of it. Kudos to you for buying your shoes based on reviews - I, too, check gamespot.com for video game reviews. But I also don't go to the message boards there to hear everyone calling each other "n00bs" because they have less Xbox 360 Achievement points.
Videogames don't matter. Law schools do. And this guy is not getting the l0l n00b for going to Vermont. He's getting the L0l N00b because he went to Vermont and is complaining that the only good job offers he got were IN VERMONT. That's like complaining that the only thing your local pizza place does well is pizza.
At the point where he decided to ignore the Vermont job offers in the hopes of breaking into the TOUGHEST LEGAL MARKET IN THE COUNTRY he was a 2L or 3L. He should have done some research into this stuff at some point, right? Did he just show up in Manhattan with his JD and a "hire me" sandwich board?
Vermont did what regional schools are supposed to. They prepared him for a successful career in that particular region. His complaint seems to be that they don't have the reach of a University of Michigan, but any research should have told him that. Are you really condoning going about your professional life in such a haphazard fashion?
Cleareyes, I don't think I've ever seen you so be so heartless. Out of catnip?
This guy was uninformed. Intelligence and wisdom don't go hand and hand. Honestly speaking, a year or less ago I didn't know the difference between tier 1 and TTT schools. I'm very internet savvy. The vast majority of people aren't nearly as internet savvy as me or you. There are plenty of intelligent people who lack direction and don't know how to get direction. They don't know which sources of information to trust and which ones not to. You do from your own very fortunate upbringing. As do most top 10 law school students. What you may think is a simple matter of research is actually one of the skills that make you one of the top law school students.
Personally, I'm glad that there are people like the OP. Makes for less competition. Despite that, I'll still do everything I can to help people who are intelligent, but unwise. I don't mind some competition. Consequently, I do feel sorry for him. He clearly was not gifted/trained with abilities that would have helped him to live up to his full potential (judging by how well he did in school, I'd say his potential goes past pizza delivery). To prevent more people from ending up like him, I hope law schools advisors and other sources of information become better at advising students.
Law school can be a terrible choice, so people should be better educated on how to make the right choices.