Being someone who is in the top 10% of my class, and a member of Law Review and Moot Court, I would like to warn any potential students of the realities facing Coastal students.
First, there simply are no job opportunities available. I personally have an UNPAID summer job lined up, and out of all of the people I know at Coastal, I do not know of anyone who has a paying job. Not a single person. And lots of people cannot even get unpaid jobs; Coastal students will literally do ANYTHING for legal experience.
As a future graduate of Coastal, my future is very uncertain. Because my benevolent institution graduates 300 or more new attorneys every year, the regional market is flooded with new attorneys, and there are literally no jobs for new lawyers. There are no on-campus interviews, and the career services department tells everyone to "network." I have been networking for months, and consider myself lucky to have an unpaid job this summer. Also, my employer made it clear that this job will not lead to a job offer.
I am really not sure what I am going to do. I will owe around $120,000 combining my undergraduate and law school debt, and I have no idea how I am going to pay the bills after I graduate. My family tells me everything will work out, but they really do not understand how bad the market for attorneys is and will be for years to come.
I wish I had never come to law school. Even though I have enjoyed academic success, the reality is that schools like mine (low-ranked and/or new) simply are given short shrift by employers. I wish I had gone to business school or had just gotten a job. Making $10/hour is better than owing $120,000 and having no job or making $30-40k/year, which is what I would almost kill for.
PLEASE, DO NOT GO TO FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW. YOU WILL BE MAKING A MISTAKE. I AM LIVING PROOF!