Also, there are a lot of law students and lawyers who think that schools like Cooley should be shut down because lower ranked schools devalue the degrees of higher ranked schools. The same people often also believe that schools like Cooley are hurting the profession and that only privileged people should be able to go to law school. See, e.g., http://abovethelaw.com/2009/06/great_news_cooley_is_opening_a.php
It sounds like if its in the top dozen, then there are a ton more below it than above it.My main thing is that is in my state and both aba approved and regionally accredited. I know that Ave Maria law school was in my state before they relocated to florida and although aba approved are only nationally and not regionally accredited. I also saw that a lot of other ones in other states are only locally apporved and not accredited by anyone.
I think a lot of it has to do with the general perception of third or fourth-tier schools in general. Despite testimonials from former students that a Cooley education is actually pretty good compared to other schools, I still tend to see some not-so-subtle shots at this school on the blawgopshere.But I look at it like this -- it shouldn't matter what the name on the diploma says. If you know your stuff, you can excel no matter where you graduated from.