Actually, no, I don't think most T3 or T4 schools have what St. Mary's has to offer. Show me the "many" schools at which students are taught by Supreme Court Justices.
You just don't get it, do you? These summer abroad programs are open to all U.S. law schools
(basically any student who wants to and can pay tuition). The fact that a school sponsors a particular program does not mean that students from other schools are prohibited from attending -- these same opportunities are available to non-St. Mary's students.Examples:
Tulane Law School is pleased to announce that Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the US Supreme Court will teach a course in the Tulane Law summer program in Cambridge, England. "Over 4,000 law students from approximately 140 U.S. law schools have attended our programs" (Program is open to all law schools)
St. Mary’s program in Innsbruck - No SCOTUS Justice is attending this year... but they have in the past. (Instead, "Judge András Sajó of Europe’s highest court, the European Court of Human Rights... will join the faculty of the 2010 Institute on World Legal Problems as Distinguished Visiting Jurist.") Nevertheless, the website says that "students from over 140 law schools have attended the program." (Program is open to all law schools)
Pacific McGeorge - For the twenty-first consecutive year, Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will co-teach a course on Fundamental Rights in Europe and the United States during the 2010 summer program in Salzburg. All law school students in good standing as well as law graduates are allowed to attend. (http://www.mcgeorge.edu/documents/publications/Salzburg_Program_r2.pdf
) (Program is open to all law schools)
Secondly, most people aren't left with the option or privilege of attending a great T1 or T2 state school. That's exactly why I came to St. Mary's.
Okay, I understand that you couldn't get into a higher ranked school... but just because you can't get into a school doesn't mean that you should go to any
school that will take you.
Finally, the debt is worth it. Why? Because I say so. I'm taking on that debt, as are plenty of other people in order to enjoy what St. Mary's has to offer. And on another note, I came here because I want to practice law, not because I decided that I wanted to be miserable for three years in order to have a better income. The debt is worth it to me so that I can practice law.
First, get a legal job. If you do manage to get a legal job, I want you to come back after working for a few years and tell me how those monthly debt payments are working out for you.
You think three years of law school is miserable... imagine a life of working just to make ends meet - a life where you can never break free of your debt. Once you find that you can't comfortably retire, then ask yourself whether attending St. Mary's was worth it.
I'm sorry that you don't know or appreciate St. Mary's. I'm sorry that you had a bad experience at your school. But some of us are proud of what we're involved with, so don't try to bring us down with you.
Sorry I injected reality into this thread. If that brings you down, so be it.