« on: June 19, 2010, 10:08:59 AM »
Not knocking Cooley, just saying the opinion that Cooley is the "best" is pretty subjective.
1. Cooley isn't the largest full-time program; it is the part-time program that is large. It may be the biggest based on the shear number of part-time students, but PT is non-traditional in determining the size of the school.
2. How do you define best? I would like to think a school that is "the best" would have a much, much better bar passage rate than nearly 1/3 flunking (unless they want to take MI bar--then they have a fair chance of passing). If you want to get out of MI, look to your right, now look to your left, and 1 of those classmates or you will fail the bar exam.
3. Umm, the cost is ridiculous for a full-time student without a scholarship...not the best combo--high debt and bad bar passage rate.
4. employment after 9 mo is below 90%...again, definitely not the best, even for a T-4.
5. average salary after graduation...ouch, paying it back will hurt and you may die of old age first...so, potentially living with a large never ending looming debt over your heard for you entire life may--not part of my definition of "the best".
Perhaps, despite the above, Cooley grads will take over the legal system, but they are going to have to watch out for the other waring factions (such as Concord, etc. if the ABA starts allowing online JDs to practice). Eventually a collapse will occur, after legal anarchy occurs. Alternatively, a collapse will occur because everyone will get their online JD and represent themselves. Ahhh! Legal apocalypse!