nylawyer488 wrote:frankly romo, i do. but i never like to go into something without a backup plan and im asking this forums advice. i dont have the numbers to go to a top 50 school (160/3.4). i did okay, but im saying a lot of people r stressing bout rankings and i dont see it. why not take the money and just kill it wherever u r
No one here has mentioned rankings. I will be the first to admit that rankings are close to worthless. I don't rip T4 schools because they are poorly ranked; I rip them because they charge outrageous sums of money for students to go there, lie through their teeth about their prospects, and sucker in thousands of naive students every year. It is all about job prospects, and students at the schools you're looking at don't have many. If there were enough jobs to go around, you wouldn't hear a peep out of me.
If you think this website is harsh, you should go on over to JD Underground or Third Tier Reality or any of the other countless websites dedicated to bashing law school (believe it or not, TLS has a reputation on other legal forums and websites for being too rosy and optimistic
). Many of those on these other sites are third and fourth tier graduates who were in your shoes just a few years ago. Now they're all unemployed and financially destroyed by their debt. I could get you a prof of mine who used to teach at a T3 in NYC, as well as a good friend who goes to John Marshall in Chicago, and they'll all corroborate these horror stories. There are tens of thousands more graduates every year than there are available jobs, and guess who feels that pinch the worst? Not Columbia or NYU. More like St. John's, Pace, Touro, etc. These schools completely and utterly suck. Sorry for the bluntness, but it is the truth.
Also, you can't expect to go into law school and plan on "killing it." Almost everyone in your class will have similar grades, LSAT scores, intelligence, motivation, and work ethic. Everyone plans to "kill it." Few do.
And finally, contrary to what you and mrgreenman and whoever else might think, I'm not an elitist d-bag. I'm a middle class, average joe who goes to a non-T14 and has never even so much as sniffed a blue blood, Ivy League background. I only post in these threads because I realize how crappy things are, and I am thankful that TLS slapped me around two years ago and exposed how law school works.