Monday, March 7, 2016

Due Diligence

The New York Times published an article today concerning a lawsuit filed against Thomas Jefferson School of Law by a former student, Anna Alaburda. This student graduated in 2008 and has yet to be employed as a lawyer. She claims that the school misrepresented their employment numbers. Maybe they did. Honestly, I find it more likely than not that they fudged their numbers higher. Why wouldn't they? Good employment numbers bring in students, who bring in money.

But that's not the point of this post. (For more about this particular case, from an actual lawyer, read this from Keith Lee)

The decision as to what law school to go to (or whether to go to law school at all) is one of the bigger decisions a person can make. The prospective student is looking at taking on well over a hundred thousand dollars of debt - sometimes over $300,000 - in most cases. Most students will not get cushy scholarships. And, because of the competitive nature of law school grades, most students will not get straight-A's. It's just not possible.