« on: January 27, 2010, 11:11:42 PM »
LU School of Law is not for everyone. This should be plainly obvious to anyone who visits their website. It wears on its sleeve a proud and authentic dedication to teaching law according to the traditional Judeo-Christian values on which this country was founded. If you have no inkling of what that means, or a knee-jerk reaction to what that instruction may contain, then I suggest you look elsewhere.
For a growing slice of students, however, Liberty's focus on traditional values is like a breath of fresh air. The curriculum is very much focused on interpreting the law in light of the Founding Father's original intent. There is a healthy skepticism for progressive causes and tactics, especially as it relates to judicial activism and relativism. And, without a doubt, it is first and foremost a Christian university. If that rubs you the wrong way then, again, look elsewhere. If you want to be a ACLU lawyer, this ain't your gig. But, most importantly, Liberty's focus alone does not make it an inferior school. That is a tremendously naive position. Consider:
Faculty, staff, and students are all very dedicated folks. They WANT to be there, despite the knowledge that they will be ridiculed unfairly, ruthlessly, and without basis (e.g. read the rest of this thread). This shared desire not only foments an esprit de corps you'd be hard to find at other schools but, most importantly, it attracts professors who are over-qualified for their positions---because they want to come to Liberty specifically. There are several fed appellate judges on staff, numerous highly qualified attorneys, and, most recently, Ken Blackwell. [That crash you just heard was yet another over-used stereotype about Liberty shattering.] Moreover, in terms of post-graduation prospects, LU grads are indeed at a disadvantage relative to T1/T2 schools....unless the employer is Christian. Yet another way faith pays. But you have to know the secret handshake.
The facilities are brand-new and top-notch. The campus includes a scale reproduction of the US Supreme courtroom. There are two complete trial courtrooms, as well as two interview rooms. Every classroom is state-of-the-art, no-expense-spared. I challenge anyone to find a more technologically advanced law school in America today.
The curriculum includes six semesters of Lawyering Skills. I challenge anyone to show me a law school in America with a similar, much less equivalent, focus on practical lawyering skills. While a degree from Yale may look great hanging on the wall, I'll bet the average LU grad knows more about the real legal world than 95% of Yale's graduates. This is borne out by Liberty's performance in the National Negotiation Tournament. In 2008, Liberty qualified two teams in the National Negotiation Tournament---the first law school to do this in the HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT. In 2009, Liberty Law put two more teams in the finals. That type of performance simply isn't consistent with the allegations of mediocrity found elsewhere in this thread.
I left my job as an senior manager at a global manufacturing corporation to attend law school at Liberty. For those of you content to squabble over arbitrary law school statistics like a couple of pissed-off bookies after game day, I encourage you to gain a little perspective, a modicum of humility, and a healthy dose of maturity. Attrition rates or no, ideology or no, Liberty Law is graduating some very fine lawyers. When you meet one in the courtroom, I assure you their anxiety over attrition rates or their spiritual leanings will be the least of your worries.