« on: July 15, 2012, 01:01:12 PM »
BTW, there is a lot of talk about if someone goes to an online school they won't be able to get a job. Many threads by grads of traditional schools focus on getting a job. Can get, hope to get, can't get. A job. With the horrific tuition debt they were snookered into shelling out they have to get a job. Most folks who go to online schools already have a job. They're older, which is why they went or are going the online route. They're not looking to "get a job." By going to NWCU you can get a good legal education, without the debt, and without the worrisome need of having to "get a job", any job, to pay off that debt. Freedom has it's advantages. Including the advantage to quit law school if the person decides they don't like it at a minimum investment. Same afterwards. Don't like being a lawyer? Fine the person has a nice JD on their resume & can go find some other place & way to live out their life. For myself I've owned my own business for 24 years. Lawyering is my fun retirement plan I will never put my life in the hands of another person ever again. That's what "having a job" is. Putting one's present life in someone's else's hands. Traditional law students are forced to do that. ..... my clock...whatever that expression is. Ticks me off big time! All government backed student loans are meant to do is have a new little taxpayer enter the system, forced to enter the system, while they are walking the exit steps of law school. In fact any school or college. People think the government is loaning out money from the bottom of their hearts or something? Hah! Do law students think those job employment salary figures are meant to benefit the students?
You draw an important jobs distinction between ABA and non-ABA students, a point that seems to fly over the heads and under the radar of those who melodramatically predict failure if one does not attend an ABA school. Nobody disputes the greater prestige of an ABA degree and the advantages that attach to it. Years ago, I would not have thought to go anywhere else. And yes, a percentage of non-ABA grads become victim to the underlying truth of such warnings. But the ABA has its victims as well, which needs no addressing here. More importantly, time changes one's needs and goals, and not every prospective law student wants to work in biglaw. Besides, the percentage that actually lands and survives in biglaw represents only a fraction of employed attorneys. Not every prospective law student wants to leave her home state. Not every prospective law student is concerned with finding work at all after passing the bar. And not every prospective law student can justify the exorbitant cost that an ABA program requires, even if the cash to pay is readily available. That's why I chose to attend a CBE school. I'm 15 years into a career that I love with hundreds of connections and colleagues. It would be asinine to abandon my career path now to take a job defending criminals or hoping to find an entry level position in biglaw. CBE schools — and online schools especially — generally serve a different demographic than ABA schools. Older, experienced professionals who are looking to advance their current careers and rise above the ranks of laymen can get a lot of mileage from a non-ABA education, while saving themselves a small fortune in the process. Non-ABA students are frequently highly driven people who have but one immediate goal: get the license. The elitist claim that nobody would opt for anything less than ABA if the money and the intellect were not lacking ignores a fundamental reality: not every prospective law student needs the ABA advantage to derive a significant benefit from a legal education.