« on: April 20, 2010, 12:50:02 PM »
When my daughter decided that she wanted to go to law school I can remember scouring the internet for reviews and rankings to help her choose the "best" school.
Now that all of that is in the past I wish to pass on to the parents my experience and some of the wisdom gained.
Frankly, the choice of RWU was based on two major factors; the experience of the faculty and the scholarship offered. Many faculty members had prior experience in private practice, some in litigation. As an engineer, I saw practical experience as an important factor. The scholarhsip speaks for itself, $12k/year.
The law school experience was as tough as they say, especially the second year. I think many of the posts here are from students feeling that pressure. I understand that. In the end, however, the ability to work under pressure fostered confidence and she graduated with a self-confidence I had never seen before. As a graduate of a military college I was well aware of the cause and effect.
That brings us to the employment issue. Roger Williams is still an unknown school. I am a forensic consultant and work with many law firms throughout the country and would rountinely "poll" my clients about RWU. Even my client/hiring partner in Hartford, CT. "never heard" of RWU. However, beyond that, finding employment was NEVER a problem for my daughter. She started out doing transactional/bankruptcy work, then moved on to litigation and now seems to have found her place in business/estate planning. Employers seem to immediately identify the practical aspect of her training; which I attribute to the experience of the law school faculty. As an example, I can recall that she graduated on a Saturday, took a "few days off to relax", interviewed on the following Sunday, was hired on the spot, given a laptop allowance and started the following Monday.
If my son or daughter wanted to work working for a "white shoe" firm, I would encourage them to attend a school that is better known.
I believe however, if we had to make the choice again, we would still choose RWU.