« on: July 19, 2011, 11:34:24 PM »
This seems like huge flame, but I'll bite:
Yes, very huge flame. Way off topic, and oozing of T14 or bust elitism.
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« on: July 18, 2011, 09:45:04 PM »
If you don't go to Cooley, you don't know enough to say its crap. Its good in its area, its just as good as most other 4th tier schools. Expensive? Maybe. More than any other private law school? Probably not.
For the Canadian student who started this thread, if you want to go back to Canada, it would be much better off to go to school in Canada.
Why does this topic keep coming up again and again? Its dumb, just redirect to an already discussed thread. There are probably 10 on this site alone.
There are only two reasons I could think anyone would consider a non-aba school:
- the applicant 100% intends on staying in that state for good
- the applicant doesn't intend to actually practice law, but to use the non-aba degree in a related field
In such cases, the financial savings could be worth it. However, the lower reputation of non-aba schools school strongly acknowledged.
Great points Bigs.
My only suggestion would be to ask for a top 10% of law school class ranking rather than saying top tier. Top tier is a rather fluid term. But for sure it is an advertising tactic by all means.
"Thirteen attorney litigation firm seeks full-time associate with 2-4 years litigation experience, top tier undergraduate and law school education, as well as journal or clerkship experience. Familiarity with Connecticut state court legal practice is preferred but not required."
I was reading the www.abovethelaw.com above the law.com blog, when on the side of the article a job advertisement was listed (exact text above).
This brought me to question a point in the ad about the firm seeking a top tier law school graduate (and undergrad as well). From what I have heard through academic, blogs, media, personal knowledge, etc is that a great deal of "top tier" law schools produce large numbers of non-practicing attorneys. Sometimes these schools are referred to as elite institutions for producing so many graduates that do not actually practice law but instead pursue academic/business/other opportunities.
So, the question is why would a firm that practices law on a regular basis seek a lawyer from a category of law schools that is known for greatly producing lawyers that do not practice law?