Another option (though, I do not recommend this at all, but maybe something to consider weighing pro's and con's) is going to a California Accredited Law school. This might make more sense than going to Golden Gate because as the poster above notes, the tuition at GGU is ridiculously high for what you may inevitably get as a "return." If money is no object, and if you have no other choice, then it might be OK (as long as you understand the type of prospects you may get upon graduation). However, a California Accredited law school is going to have FAR cheaper tuition. I think some of them are about $10,000 per year for tuition.
No, it's no joke. That was actually in there. I just looked up the stats on Golden Gate on US News. Of the 96% of students who borrowed to go there, the average indebtedness was $112,477. The median private sector salary (as reported by the 71% who bothered to share that information) was $65,000 - and the Bay Area is not a cheap place to live. This, with the 60.4% bar passage rate amounts to a very strong case against going to that school.This is why I hate fourth tier schools. They rip their students off. So many of them charge tier 1 tuition and let their students graduate with tier 1 debt while knowing full well that most of them will not be able to pay it off.
Hi Big-I'm a 3L at GGU and I am happy with the school. It has a great location, staff, and student body. GGU just remodeled its law library (it opened a week ago), bookstore, and cafe. Many of the professors teach at Boalt and Hastings also. We read the same textbooks and have the same homework assignments as every other law school. Yes, we are a tier 4 school. This is because our entering statistics are lower and, until recently, our bar pass rates were significantly lower that other CA ABA schools. The school was put on probation by the ABA in 2006, but has subsequently been taken off probation. This is because the bar pass rates are back up- 68% for first time takers and 80% overall for the July 2007 bar. If I could have gotten into Boalt or Hastings, of course I would have gone, but that wasn't my reality. I had a little too much fun in college. I had a solid LSAT score (162) but an abysmal GPA (2.6).All BS aside, it's not a stellar "brag about the name" institution. But there is nothing wrong with GGU.People carry on about the number of people who fail out... most GGU first years are like me- smart kids who had a lot of fun in college, did not enter with the best work ethic, and after a semester of law school realized it was time to buckle down or seek life elsewhere. Those who didn't pull it together were out. I regard this as a good thing (it made me get my ducks in a row) and the primary reason the school's bar rate has risen so dramatically.I honestly think it is unfortunate how quickly people who have 0 experience with the school are ready to rip it to pieces. And, I think some of the most negative posts you find are from those who didn't make the cut...As for job placement, no one I know who recently graduated has been unable to find a job. My BF just graduated/took the bar and now has a job and six figure salary. He was in the top 1/2 of the class, but not the top 10 percent.
...But there is nothing wrong with GGU....
But if your choice is to forgo law school entirely of attend a tier 4, attend a tier 4. To use Ninja's metaphor- we're not a super power country, but a country nevertheless and even a tier 4 JD is a JD. After a few years of practice, employers care much more about the quality and quantity of work than GPA/institution.