V3locity wrote:I just want to say as an 0L I can appreciate the "in your face reality checks" by some of the more pessimistic posts. At the same time I commend the ones fighting for the "little guy" and preaching no matter how small, there is a chance (Tebow?).
As one of the supposedly "pessimistic" people, I have no problem with people saying there's a chance almost anywhere. I'll concede that there is. The thing I want people to realize is just that those individual cases don't make for a high probability
of success, and that you can't know if you're going to be one of those successful people ahead of time.
People make the mistake of thinking that they're special and they have what it takes to succeed, and what they fail to perceive is that most
of the people taking the high risk of attending one of these low-tier schools is doing so on that basis. The problem is people not respecting the odds of success because they believe they have some advantage that can "beat the odds", which tends to not be true (except for limited circumstances, like, say, having connections at a family law firm or something).
If someone is fully aware of the odds, and respectful of the fact that they're not "special" and magically able to beat those odds, then I don't mind them making that choice to go. That's their choice, and if they fail it's on them. I only advocate for full and thorough education of people so they can make more informed choices.