I know this is said on the board way to much, and I generally believe if you want to be a lawyer badly you can suck up the excess debt (to a degree) but...TJ is not really a school you should consider. I have lived in San Diego a number of years and I have meet 0 successful attorney's from the school. Its rep in San Diego is abysmal. If you are desperate to go to a law school in sd, try to raise your lsat a bit and go to Cal Western.
First off let me say that, I have a friend from the East Coast who went to Thomas Jefferson because, he was on the wait list at a few different schools and chose not to bite his fingernails and wait till the last possible second to change his plans and head somewhere else. He got straight A's and made law review over the past two semesters and totally hated Thomas Jefferson. He is now transferring back to the East Coast. It is amazing how a school that is in a great San Diego area can be so bad. But to be fair, this school is not in the best area in San Diego, it's inland and kind of next to a big touristy area full of a historic section of San Diego that has buses and tons of travelers visiting all the time.
Second off, just because someone "lives in the San Diego area for a number of years" and has not met someone who is a successful attorney from TJ does not mean they do not exist. There are 1,256,951 people in San Diego, glad that you had a chance to meet all of them, greet them and shake hands with every attorney that graduated form Thomas Jefferson. Excuse me while I laugh like a small child
It is this kind of negative attitude that gets people thinking negatively about the lawyer profession in the first place. This kind of boneheaded response belongs in the garbage..that's why these boards should be used for fodder, and not for FACT...they are not moderated enough to take out this stupid responses that just push you in the wrong direction. I have been there listening to these jokers about how "you shouldn't attend a certain school," or that "some schools are scam schools."
Look, obviously there are school that are MUCH better...but, it is not about that. .
I would equate this sort of school to a school I got accepted to and might actually attend. I am not going to get into it really, but I plan to do as good as I can as possible in school...hopefully transfer. I know this is not the best idea, but you can do this with Thomas Jefferson if you work your ass off. You can also graduate from there top 5% and get a job just like you would anywhere else.
Many people on these boards (LSD or XO) will tell you the same generic advice that most of the time is false. Telling you not to try and go to a school as a stepping stone to transfer. Or that a school is necessarily bad...or that you shouldn't try to think you'll get in the top 10% blah blah blah blah. If you think you're going to be mediocre, you're going to be mediocre. If you are biting your fingernails waiting to go to this school, I wish you all the luck in the world.