« on: January 27, 2004, 05:16:58 PM »
I know Cooley is ranked at the bottom of most ABA law schools. When I looked into how ranking is established, the meaning of the rankings became a bit less... useful.
If I understand the ranking system correctly, about 45% of rank is based on the average LSAT scores of admitted students. The only thing this tells me is how selective a school is about the LSAT, and very little with respect to whether or not the college turns out skilled lawyers.
Does anyone here know what the actual *quality* of a Cooley education is like? My 151 LSAT and 3.53 GPA isn't going to get me into very many law schools, but if I take the LSAT a 3rd time and score in the 170's (like I suspect I will) then I can attend Cooley on a virtual 100% scholarship. With a wife and 3 kids - that adds up to some serious money. My other option is to try to attend what to me might be termed "a better brand" of law school, but it will also mean a serious debt load when I graduate.
I mentioned Cooley to an admissions person at Marquette and I thought they might vomit on me. It was just a passing question about transfer policies, etc, and when I said Cooley he almost turned green. Literally. It seems lots of schools refuse to admit Cooley transfers and that's a little disturbing.
Any Cooley people here that can comment? How is Cooley seen in the state of Michigan itself? How is the actual legal education i.e. preparation of a person to actually practice law?