kris4842 wrote:Can someone explain to me why someone who has been practicing law for so many years is trolling on these boards? I think it's pretty sad!
He's not trolling. Look at the numbers objectively. Let's pretend it isn't a school that you really, really want to attend.
Non-discounted cost: $261,120 - that's over a quarter of a million dollars. You're looking at a monthly payment of $3000 for 10 years. Ouch.
Employment score: 49.1% - This means that less than half of ALL students that graduated in 2012 were practicing lawyers 9 months after graduation.
Large firm score - 9.6% - Less than 1 out of every 10 students who attend end up in the type of job that pays enough to service a $3000/month payment. I'll ignore the fact that a good fraction of them are at firms that don't even pay the market rate of $160,000 (the best you can expect from ANY law school is $160,000).
Non-employed: 22.1% - Almost 1 in 4 graduates are TOTALLY WITHOUT INCOME even 9 months after graduation.
So a non-discounted cost of over a quarter million dollars for less than a coin flip's chance at working as any kind of an attorney, a less than 1 in 10 chance of getting a job that can even cover the loans with money left over for food and rent, and almost a 1 in 4 chance of being totally unemployed when those $3000/month payments kick in.
Even at a significant discount, that is objectively bad. The odds are against you.
You may be thinking... "I can make top 10%," but again, the odds are against you. It goes without saying that only 1 in 10 people can actually achieve that. The problem is, you can't expect to be one of them, no matter how hard you work. Statistically, you are most likely to land right in the middle of the class, around median. And we can see from above that a solid median student can expect to have either no job at all or to have a job that won't cover loan payments.
If you came to me with a quarter million dollars to invest, and I told you that I can only give you a less than 1/2 chance to get any money back to you, with a less than 1/10 chance to get you your original money back, and a smaller chance to give you even more back, would you take it? If you would, then boy do I have some business to do with you.
If you wouldn't, then WHY OH WHY would you go to this school?
Reasonable man is being reasonable. You aren't.
(After all this, you may be thinking "Bedsole, we didn't ask for your opinion. I came here to learn about SJU interviews!" You're right, you didn't ask. But if you were on a bridge looking for advice on how best to jump, I would probably answer by telling you that jumping was a bad idea, rather than advising you on the best way to do it.)