I don't think he did. I think he posted it because he wanted to point out to this helicopter parent that it should really be his son doing this research. Even if said helicopter parent already knows that, he (I'm going to go out on a limb here with that one) apparently needs to be reminded.
Yes, a helicopter parent is better, overall, for your psyche, than an abusive or absent parent. That's not the comparison at issue here. The comparison is between a normal parent and a helicopter parent. The former is better, especially when it comes to a stage in the child's life when the child, presumably now a legal adult, wants to go to law school. Perhaps it's possible that he meant to be rude AND he meant to point out that the helicoptering is problematic? or that he meant to be rude IN ORDER to point out that the helicoptering is problematic? Or that he meant to point out that the helicoptering is problematic and it necessarily came out rudely (I tend to think this is the case)? Or that those last two are kind of the same thing so I'm repeating myself? I don't think uh huh's motive was just to be a dickhead, as the OP implied. It was to inform this person and the board of an opinion which said person and other members of the board are necessarily going to take as dickheaded. Not really uh huh's fault, you know?
I see your point about attacking new posters, and I agree with you in principle. However, when new posters are...eesh, then my qualms, they lessen. I don't know. My qualms can be temperamental.
For the record, I tend to think a parent can be as concerned about their child's law school choices as they want to be. Ask as many questions as you like! Care really really hard! Doing independent research, however, to the point of JOINING AND POSTING ON a message board for law students (read: not their parents), is, to my taste, fundamentally overinvolved, and indeed, helicoptering. poo, dude. Your involvement should not extend to doing independent research about your child's law school plans. That's, you know, your kid's arena. Think of it like federal preemption doctrine if you like, and your kid is Congress. You? Are the Maine State Legislature. Some things are just not your domain. Care all you want, yes, but it's not your place to get involved. The OP was asking for advice for his kid--that's something said kid should be doing. Not Dad presenting it to him in a clear plastic report cover, all nice and dossier-ed up.
This is one of Anna Ivey's favorite gongs to bang, and I generally agree with her.
To uh huh and dasrashi, if I were a doctor, I would suggest that your rudeness and judgmental words and thoughts reflect that you are suffering from an unfortunately common condition often diagnosed as Cranial Rectal Intromission. Oh, and in case any one was wondering, that was rude - and unapologetically so.