Just one caveat to the "job prospects suck for anyone outside the top 10%" notion - just about everyone from top schools, even the bottom of the class are still pulling big law jobs easily or at least everyone I know, have talked to or heard about. imho if you can get into a T3 school it is still well worth doing and gainful employment is virtually guaranteed. If not a T3 school, then further thought is probably wise.
I completely agree with this post! There are schools out there that are just accredited lawyer factories, if you will. You can pay $150,000 over the course of 3 years and have a law degree in the end...doesn't mean you'll pass the bar though! As a former student at florida coastal school of law, I saw the ugly side of privately-owned, for-profit law schools. They ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY! While I knew that going into it, I could have never imagined how horrible it would be once I got in there. I regret everyday not re-taking the LSATs and applying to other schools.I wish I could start a blog warning people about this?
Make sure you really really want to go to law school. . . . For applicants that just graduated college, or that are graduating this May, do not just apply to law school because you don’t want to face the real world so law school is the next best alternative. As a second year law student, I hear so many of my classmates and friends in law schools throughout the country (some in the nation’s top schools) regret their decision in attending law school in the first place.
Although some lawyers which have been practicing since the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s might say otherwise, the hyper-saturation of the profession and the ABA’s inclination of accrediting additional law schools has made the profession a dying breed.
I can say with certainty that T3 students have nothing to worry about with respect to big-law employment regardless of class placement.
For you cynics that don’t want to believe this is the case (regrettably I was a cynic too),