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Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« on: December 11, 2008, 04:41:17 AM »
I'm a 2nd year student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego...And I love it. I came onto lawschooldiscussion while deciding whether or not to go back in 2006, and ran into so many TJSL bashers. I swear, it was almost as though people enjoyed ripping apart a school they'd never even been to. I'm so glad I didn't listen...I love it here-the staff and faculty are awesome...they actually care how we do and who we are, which is evidenced by the huge leap in our bar passage rate! 75% in 2008! Take that, all you Tier 1 snobs who enjoy bashing schools not in your tier. We are on the rise...A new campus is also being built in downtown San Diego.

Just to give you an example of the awesome administration, during my first semester, my Dad was in the ICU and I happened to talk to one of the head Deans about what was going on...in the conversation, I mentioned my apartment didn't have heat (and in a really bad winter-for us--yeah, it's all relative, but it was 26 degrees!). She got up, went into another staff member's office, unplugged a space heater out of the wall and said, "She's going to use this for a while. " She even offered me extra blankets...How many administrators in a law school would do that? Not only that...most every teacher I've had has been excellent-very available to students. 

I'm happy to be at a school that I actually enjoy going to. You can't always say that for some of the elite schools. And where else in the country can you take your books to the beach and study! Anyways, I just saw SO many negative things about Thomas Jefferson on this site ("You won't get a job if you go there", etc...) while I was deciding if I should go. In my second semester, after receiving the high grade award in legal writing, I was given a clerkshiip with a notable labor rights attorney, which I did for a year. I've since had 2 awesome jobs. I don't  say that to brag, only to underscore that it's not WHERE you go, but what kind of PASSION you have and how hard you work. If you don't have that, you won't do well anywhere. If  you have it, you can succeed at any school. Good luck and if any potential TJSLers have questions, I'm happy to help.    :D

I just had to show some school pride.    :)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/sddt/20081125/lo_sddt/statebarexampassageratehighestinadecade

http://www.tjsl.edu/ground_breaking

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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008, 07:07:02 PM »
Great news about the new building.  I did kinda like the spanish-style one but I think a lot of currents students didn't like old town so much-too touristy.

Can you tell us about some of the employers that show up at OCI?

Do you have summer job lined up?

Do you have a job lined up for after graduation?

Can you tell us where people go from the top 10% of the class?

Do they have forced attrition?

Oh, btw, this year had the highest bar pass rate in about 10 years, not necessarily the most difficult.  Still, 75% is pretty good.
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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2008, 08:56:02 PM »
Great news about the new building.  I did kinda like the spanish-style one but I think a lot of currents students didn't like old town so much-too touristy.

Can you tell us about some of the employers that show up at OCI?

Do you have summer job lined up?

Do you have a job lined up for after graduation?

Can you tell us where people go from the top 10% of the class?

Do they have forced attrition?

Oh, btw, this year had the highest bar pass rate in about 10 years, not necessarily the most difficult.  Still, 75% is pretty good.

Wow! That's a lot of questions!!! Are you asking b/c you want to go there? Here's what I CAN answer...A job lined up for graduation? I'm finishing my 4th semester...So, like most people I don't. I have a Spring and Summer internsip lined up, as do most all the students in my graduating class. I don't graduate until after Fall of 09'.  I don't know what thte forced attrition rate is...In my Spring entering class, only 3-4 people didn't continue on out of 80-or so. I don't think that's very high. And why do you only care where the top 10% go? Sounds a bit snobby... I have never had to do an on-campus interview, so I wouldn't know that but could easily find out...but, I'm not interested in just obtaining info to prove to you that TJSL is not a crappy school...only if you're genuinely interested b/c that's asking a lot of my time. Take care...

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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008, 10:16:43 PM »
And why do you only care where the top 10% go? Sounds a bit snobby... I have never had to do an on-campus interview, so I wouldn't know that but could easily find out...but, I'm not interested in just obtaining info to prove to you that TJSL is not a crappy school...only if you're genuinely interested b/c that's asking a lot of my time. Take care...

You want to help out TJSL?  The best thing you can do is quit posting on here, because my opinion of the school lowers with every word you type.
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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008, 10:54:40 PM »
And why do you only care where the top 10% go? Sounds a bit snobby... I have never had to do an on-campus interview, so I wouldn't know that but could easily find out...but, I'm not interested in just obtaining info to prove to you that TJSL is not a crappy school...only if you're genuinely interested b/c that's asking a lot of my time. Take care...

You want to help out TJSL?  The best thing you can do is quit posting on here, because my opinion of the school lowers with every word you type.

I'm sorry it bothers you so much. I didn't write my post in the hopes that your opinion wouldn't lower, b/c I doubt (w/ your cocky/trollish attitude), you're even planning on going to TJSL. This post is for students interested in going to the school.  Seems extremely odd you even took the energy to get worked up over my words. Perhaps you can spend a session w/ your therapist on it. Good luck w/ that. :D

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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008, 11:02:40 PM »
Quote from: Lionel Hutz, Esq.
Well he's had it in for me ever since I kinda ran over his dog... Well, replace the word "kinda" with "repeatedly" and the word "dog" with "son."

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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2008, 11:53:15 PM »
No offense, but you do kind of sound like a cheerleader/adcomm.

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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2008, 12:33:57 AM »
It's nice to read a perspective of someone who doesn't go to a top 25 school. The reality is that most law students don't go to these schools and websites like this and TLS sort of terrify people into thinking they won't get a job etc. I think that people forget that where you go to law school only matters for your first job and if you're dedicated and network well, I believe you can get a job anywhere you go. Several of my friends and family have attended low T2 - T4 (including IU-Indy, SLU, Valparaiso and FLorida Coastal) schools and everyone one of them has a successful job that makes decent money and has only said positive things about their law school experience. Also, many of these people have been able to carry their "unknown" degree out of state.

Anyways, I am happy for your school and am glad you giving a voice to lower ranked, but still reputable, schools.

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Re: Go Thomas Jefferson School of Law! On the Rise... :)
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2008, 12:50:35 AM »
No offense, but you do kind of sound like a cheerleader/adcomm.

No...not an adcomm(whatever that is) and DEFINITELY never been a cheerleader...just a positive person who thinks my school deserves props. You can look at my posting history to see I am a real person, who overcame a lot of personal challenges to get to law school and in my first semester. I wanted to be a lawyer more than anything and, honestly, the pervasively negative posts on here about TJSL almost swayed me not to go. I think there are a lot of students who, due to challenging life circumstances, may not have the money/time to study as much for the LSAT, but want nothing more than to advocate for others as an attorney. Many of  them come on here looking for advice/direction. A large amount of the posts are directed at Tier 1's/2's/3's. Anytime a student thinking about a tier 4 posts, I noticed people tackle and pick apart the post, throwing every negative remark they can think of at the poster. I think it's only fair to balance that negativity out w/ some positive energy and encouragement.   :D

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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2008, 01:00:06 AM »
I think maybe it was the fact that you're too positive that got to me. I need a little cynicism to swallow that kind of positivity.

That said, last year I almost considered Thomas Jefferson for entertainment law, but I was scared away since. Kept hearing bad things about it. But, hey, if things are looking up, congrats.