I was elated when I was accepted to my first choice, my dream school according to my criteria. My parent's were extremely proud of me, and I was so happy to finally make them proud considering that I had been trouble to raise. My father cried giving a speech in front of about fifty people at a congratulatory party in my honor.
And then I discovered this site. At first I found it helpful, mostly civil and sometimes funny. However, I became concerned one night after reading posts about the non-existent job opportunities for third and fourth tier students (actual words) and watching phrases like "third-tier toilet" get thrown around. That's when I made my biggest mistake. I looked up the dream school that I had been accepted to in the USNWR rankings. Oh my God! It is in the Fourth tier.
My self-esteem has taken a bit of a shelling, and continues to do so when I read derogatory comments on this site about low ranked schools. Just as soon as I thought I had finally broken through to success after years of difficulty and toil, I've begun to question my worth among achieving individuals. What's worse is a "know-it-all because I'm married to one" lawyer-wife friend of my mom's tipped my parents off to the ranking bullsh-t. Once proud, they now have an aura of disappointment in their words. I'm sure there are other posters on this site who can relate to this, or can understand what I'm talking about.
I definitely understand your frustration; I feel it from time to time here, too, b/c I'm sure my T2 school is considered third tier toilet by some people. However, ALL schools are pretty much ripped to shreds on these sites (see xoxohth, where NU or Texas are considered third tier toilet; or don't see it, b/c it's way more snobby than this site). You just have to pick the school that's right for you and ignore that stuff (or "check out" for peace of mind, like you're doing).
By the way, one thing that will ease your concerns a bit is www.martindale.com
. Go check out where graduates of your school have ended up... They've certainly been employed SOMEWHERE. I like to go to that site from time to time with a name I've read about in the media... MANY successful attorneys have come out of lower T1 through T4 programs.
And I'm sure your parents aren't any less proud of you. Don't be any less proud of yourself.
EDIT: The "know-it-all" wife is probably just riding her husband's coattails to some sort of imagined elitism anyway, so who gives a *&^% what she thinks... I'm sure that her husband, who may work with or for graduates of all sorts of law schools, and who is aware that programs are pretty strenuous everywhere, wouldn't be so disrespectful.