« on: March 29, 2009, 03:56:05 PM »
I am thinking of going there in the fall. I was there during their preview day. I have been accepted and they gave me a lot of money. Unless another school I applied to comes close....
I am sure there will be a lot of independent studying going on there. A good portion of the entering class will not pass the bar on the first try. There will be a lot of attention given to those whom make law review. Multiple 3Ls they had representing the school on preview day were published in law journals. You can excel there and find work. Obviously "big law" will not look at your app. when you graduate, but people graduating who pass the bar have found work at respectable firms.
They have a great mentoring program. You are patched up with one person each year that graduated from La Verne. Multiple opportunities to get connected to people on the outside.
Their new found A.B.A. approval is opening doors too. The campus is incorporated into one building which is kinda lame, but there is a great public library next door (you can interlibrary loan from any public university campus in california) and a redevelopment project in Ontario in which La Verne is one of the center pieces.
But I am kinda biased. I am looking forward to graduating with almost no debt and a degree, and an open door to the revolving door at the public defender's office/DA's office in Los Angeles that La Verne has contacts into. Plus, L.A. is where a lot of law jobs are..
Also, I would ignore the "big law" snobs who might bash La Verne without offering any insight. Just be realistic with your goals and know that you have to work hard to make the curve in classes. You wont be making $125k a year out of school, but who really does?