jjones78 wrote:stuffnuff wrote:Marmot wrote:jjones78 wrote:has anyone heard about job prospects at seattle u? i've heard only top 25% have good job prospects. and that was in a good economy. anyone else heard anything/considered this in attending seattle u?
Yup. The long and the short of it is this: I want to live in Seattle for the rest of my life, and I didn't get into elite schools or UW. Seattle U is the best choice available for what I want to do. I'm also lucky enough to have some pretty good networks in place already, both locally and nationally.
Makes sense to me.
It doesn't make sense to me. I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from going to Seattle U, obviously you've made up your mind, but just because you want to do something doesn't mean you'll actually get a job doing it. Maybe if you can't get into UW or the elite schools, you shouldn't be in law school? It's not like there is a massive lawyer shortage giving you the chance to single-handedly save the day.
150K is a lot to pay for a 25% chance at a job paying 50K.
The thing I heard from Seattle U that puzzled me was the emphasis on "Social Justice". If you want to do social justice, join the Peace Corps or Americorps, it's a lot cheaper. Or volunteer after work.
I'm pretty sure you are posting on a board titled "Seattle University Class of 2012." Meaning... we are in the class. We've already made up our minds, for the most part. If you have a legitimate question and are actually considering going here - that's one thing, but I would say that at this point everyone who has decided to attend law school (or pursue any other career path that tends to require massive loans, for that matter) anywhere at all has considered the pros and cons and weighed the risks extensively (and if they haven't then your unfriendly prodding is certainly not going to help them see the logical light). If you don't want to go to a school where social justice is touted, then don't go - clearly it's not the right fit for you. Peacecorps vs. Law school? In this particular case, social justice is about the only thing that they have in common. That doesn't make one a reasonable alternative to the other.
You're also assuming that everyone who has elected to attend SU is going to be paying $150k to do so. In fact, it seems that most of us have received decent scholarships and will have much less than $150k in debt at the end of three years.
Finally, it's not exactly fair to say that you'll have a 25% "chance" of being gainfully employed upon graduation. I'm going to bust my ass in law school and I fully intend to be in the top 25% of the class (to keep my scholarship as well as to help ensure the acquisition of a GOOD job at the end of it all). It's not like we're playing black jack here.
And anyway, Marmot only said that this was the best option for what HE wants to do... he did not claim that it was the best option for everyone.