I'm looking to atten Thomas Cooley this Fall 2007. Any students attending this fall? Are there any current students from Cooley who can give me a heads up about the school? Thanks
Uh, yeah, I had to laugh when I was looking up law schools about the ranking, too. I think when I started 4 years ago they were in the "top 3", or whatever. Silliness. OTOH, about as silly and arbitrary as the rankings in USN & WR every year. Look, if you're not in a top 20 law school, does it really matter what ranking you are? Michigan State University Law School went ape sh*t a couple of years ago when they moved from a 4th tier law school to a third tier (mainly because they changed their name from Detroit College of Law to MSU Law School). The big three are class rank, Law Review, and moot court or mock trial experience. And even if you don't score on those three, you can still get a good job, you just have to hustle a little more.
Flashman, thanks so much for the honest opinions. I really appreciate your candor. I'm glad that you have had an ok experience. I will be attending full time starting in September. Maybe you could answer a few questions for me? First, as far as housing is concerned, could you please give me a half decent idea of a place to live in WALKING distance to the school. I only need a one bedroom apartment. Second: So, let's be clear, even with the high flunk rate, if I go there, work my ass off, and get help from the teachers (by the way, are the teachers accessible out of class?), I shouldn't fail, right? While I don't think I'm the smartest person in the world, I am very driven. I really want to succeed. I may need help of the teachers to do that, I'll be honest. Third: I think I am interesting in practicing litigation law of some sort, maybe even as a prosecutor. Does Cooley have internship / externships avialable that would help me reach that goal? Fourth: As far as jobs go, is Cooley's reputation going to limit me finding a job outside of Lansing MI? I know I don't want to work in a really big law firm, but still , I would like to be able to land a job somewhere. I think I may be tapping you as a resource quite often, I hope you don't mind. Thanks again for your help!Dave
Thanks for all the replies especially to FLASHMAN. Congratulations to you and good luck in the real world To Flashman: I might keep in contact with you if you don't mind. I have a few questions to you and I think that you can be a great help. Thanks guys.