W-M moved up to T3
An hour in traffic is an hour lost.
I am ambivalent about the Catholic orientation
I cannot pay off $100k+ in school debt plus cover family needs on a token salary.
I will read Scott Turow's "One L" before deciding on this.
To suggest that William Mitchell is not respected by local lawyers or professors shows a shocking naivete about the legal Twin Cities legal market. William Mitchell has a tremendous alumni base in all sorts different legal sectors in the Twin Cities. Take a look at the major firms, they have solid Mitchell representation, not to mention our members on the State supreme court, the state court of appeals and the current Attorney General. One faculty member leaving really doesn't seem to discount any of this. William Mitchell has been a sold Tier 3 for a while, it's slip to T4 was not the norm. Hiring seven new faculty shows that the school is by no means hurting. Particularly impressive is the IP curriculum (which includes the author a treatise and a new hiring of a major international patent figure). I am not saying the school does not have its flaws, it is no the U of M and does not pretend to be. But I find this smack talking from St. Thomas students a bit presumptious. I have heard many fine things about your school, I know you have some top notch faculty and I have seen your great building. I am happy that you opened at Tier 3. But for you to suggest that you are leagues better than Mitchell just a few years into your existence is really not something you can support. I am sure St. Thomas will use its deep pockets to build a solid alumni base, I just resent misinformation being spread about my school (that it is not respected). Mitchell has the alumni and the backing to keep its solid rep, if anything it will be Hamline squeezed out (which has some fine programs as well, just less money). I am merely concerned that new St. Thomas students feel the need to denigrate other area law schools in such an arrogant and erroneous fashion. I am sure this is not the norm, but only the reflection of those individuals that have done so here.