I started when the school was Tier 2 and have seen it descend into the 4th tier first hand (mainly because I am taking my sweet time graduating).
1. The quality of student attending now is much worse than when I started. I can see it in class discussion and class ranking.
2. The previous dean, Doug Ray, was not very good. He left last year.3. The interim administrators have not been very good either.
4. The Career Services Office is terrible.
My recommendation is that unless you want to stick around Toledo metro and practice law, go somewhere else. You would be much better off attending school in an area you wouldn't mind living in.
"Now that just sucks. I know these rankings are, to a degree, rather arbitrary and they probably signify less than people think, other than It is pretty demoralizing because I never intended to practice up here. I had an opportunity to go to a 4th tier school in my preferred area of practice, and if I had known Toledo was going to be 4th tier when I sat for the bar, I would have just stayed put.
If you want to practice in NW Ohio, then even though I gripe about them, Toledo is probably your best bet. Your regional options probably suck worse than Toledo. Cooley is a sweatshop, and I would avoid that place if I could. They set their curve ridiculously low and have very high attrition rates.