« on: January 27, 2010, 11:47:26 AM »
Look, I know my tone was over the top at times, but my facts were accurate. My OP was intended to give a student's perspective of St. Mary's. We don't have a marketing department like many schools, so I've decided that it's up to students to speak up about their experience.
John4040, I apologize for reading you as a pre-law student. Nevertheless, I often do see a school getting flamed by young posters who have no actual knowledge. I thought I'd just contribute my part.
My overall point still stands. St. Mary's was very well respected in the past, and I am thankful to be a part of the gradual, continuing process of rebuilding its reputation. It's exciting to see the direction everything is going. I particularly emphasize that we've had Supreme Court Justices teach summer classes to St. Mary's students abroad for the last five years at our Innsbruck Institute. Additionally, I think everyone is thrilled that we now have a China program, at which students will learn how to help businesses navigate the Chinese legal system.
St. Mary's definitely has its issues. And yes, if you don't perform well, you'll have difficulty getting a good job. But at the end of the day, I'm glad that I found myself here, and I'm excited that the class below me is even more impressive than my own.
I commend you for your school pride - I do not share your same enthusiasm for my school. Nevertheless, my position still stands: these opportunities that you have cited (summer program abroad taught by SCOTUS Justices, opportunity for clerkship / BIGLAW positions, etc.) are not particularly unique to your school and they do not justify taking on significant debt (~$90K tuition + living expenses).
Many schools offer summer abroad programs which typically feature elite professors, attorneys, or even SCOTUS Justices. Furthermore, clerkships and BIGLAW positions are typically available to top students at T3s and T4s. This is nothing new. Nor is the concept of alumni from a regional school maintaining a close-knit relationship with current students of that same school an anomaly. Add to that the fact that state T1s and T2s are cheaper than St. Mary's, and you really have problems with your argument.
Once again, I understand your school pride, but nevertheless fail to see why these opportunities distinguish St. Mary's from any other law school.