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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Is Cooley Law School That Bad?
« on: July 25, 2010, 08:08:01 AM »
Most people don't want to work in Big Law. Some do, but not everybody. You actually did say one thing that had a correct statment in it if you go to Cooley you probably won't work in Big Law. No matter what law school you go to the odds of Big Law are low.  However, the majority of legal jobs are not Big Law and Cooley Grads I am sure do in fine in non big-law situations. Again take the LSAT and step foot in a law school clasroom or at least hold a job for a day that pays you something.

The bolded is incorrect.  However, that doesn't change the larger point that Biglaw is not the only goal a person can have in mind when going to law school.

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I don't see how the ABA has lasted as long as it has by dictating what legal education should or shouldn't be.

Well the answer to this is that the people who make the decisions are generally on the same page as the ABA. 

Also, you throw around the term "elitist" as if it automatically wins you your argument.  It does not.

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pretty sure is an opinion, beyond that would be a fact.

short of actually doing a full on cross country survey, all anyone (including you) can do is give guesses and their own opinions based on the facts they have available to them. I gave other layman in semi-simular situations, you just gave "I dont think they would".

Actually, I don't believe I expressed an opinion one way or the other.  And short of doing some kind of survey, I don't think people should say they're "pretty sure" of what laymen think in general.

"Pretty sure" suggests that you know something rather than that you think something.

Though at this point it appears we agree in concept, and we're just arguing over terminology.

I never understood why anyone cared about lay perception of law schools, anyway.

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Personal Statement / Re: Please give feedback
« on: July 24, 2010, 08:54:47 AM »
Too many big words.  Pinnacle, for example.

that's not really a big word   ???

It's bigger than it needs to be.  :)

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Personal Statement / Re: Please give feedback
« on: July 22, 2010, 07:29:27 AM »
Too many big words.  Pinnacle, for example.

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The odds are most clients you get in the real world will have absolutely no idea if a school is highly ranked or not.

Depends what kind of law you're practicing.  If you're at a big firm where most of your clients are large corporations, then you're probably dealing with their GC's, who generally have an idea as to how highly schools are regarded (though not necessarily ranked).

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short of actually doing a full on cross country survey, all anyone (including you) can do is give guesses and their own opinions based on the facts they have available to them. I gave other layman in semi-simular situations, you just gave "I dont think they would".

Actually, I don't believe I expressed an opinion one way or the other.  And short of doing some kind of survey, I don't think people should say they're "pretty sure" of what laymen think in general.

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Here is where I get my thought on it from, in undergrad people who used the CLEP test to get credit for classes they never took were seen by the vast majority of students in the school as smarter than the guys who had to sit in a chair for a semester to end up in the same place. I can't think of anyone, anywhere who actually thought negative of it.

So...based on your experience, you think the average layperson "would be like 'oh my god, you must be a genius!!!! You are self taught, wow!!!!'"  There's not enough in there to be pretty sure of anything, really, right? 

I know it seems like I'm splitting hairs, but it's an important distinction.  :)

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...I'm pretty sure that the average true "layperson" would be like "oh my god, you must be a genius!!!! You are self taught, wow!!!!" and even more so for the ones who skipped lawschool all together and just did an intership and the bar, the whole "I'm so smart, that I just clep'ed it female dog!" attitude.

How are you "pretty sure" of this?

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I always stop reading your posts when I get to the sports analogy.  :)

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