« on: April 24, 2004, 09:01:56 PM »
You can't draw the line. Everyone's situation and characteristics are different. I was going to say a 4th tier is still fine if you don't rack up 150k in debt, but then again, there are way worst things in life than having a law degree and 150k of debt. Not that I would want to accrue that much debt at a 4th tier though since I can already make 60k starting salary right now, but everyone has different standards. I definitely wouldn't draw the line at the crappiest law school in the US if it's only going to cost you like 50k or less for the three years. 50k for a legal education is a relative bargain. Not everyone cares about money anway -- heck, everyone knows BIGLAW jobs tend to be misery-inducing so those not interested in BIGLAW will probably eventually get to the job they want, if not right out of law school.
So, we have people going to all kinds of law schools. The people that were lucky enough to get into say, a top 20 school, will be fine and can look forward to lucrative careers. Heck, if you went to like a top 10 school, you don't really even need great grades, the name of your school will carry you through.
Now, everybody else gets the politically correct treatment. Oh, you can go to a school that's lower ranked, but you will be fine as long as you do well. Maybe this idea holds up for tier 1 and tier 2 schools, maybe. Seems like you go to a top 100 school, you will usually find some legal job.
But honestly, where do you draw the line? Even if you go to a 4th tier school, you'll be fine? I hear this, but people should stop being politically correct. I want to know how people think. You go to a 4th tier school, is it still worth it? Or heck, how about a non-ABA school. And don't tell me about that one uncle who went to some non-ABA school and has a lucrative career. I also know millionaires that flunked out of high school. We all know percentage wise, this is unlikely. And no BS about, well your law school experience is what you make out of it, blah blah. I mean is it really true that you go to any law school, you'll be okay? I mean is that really it?
Or is there someone who feels like saying, if you go to a school that's 4th tier, it's pretty much useless.
Heck I don't know. It seems like with the way lawyers are saturating the market, that despite my personal optimism about increasing employment opportunites for lawyers, going to a lower tiered school is still useless. Heck I've gotten into some decent 2nd tier schools, and that seems pretty useless to me now.