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It’s 2016, and there are now hundreds of news articles and entire blogs devoted to warning potential students of the perils of attending a low ranked, high cost law school.

We’re positive people here at Lawschooli, so we typically try and keep our message positive and upbeat. But sometimes we see things happening in the legal education industry that we simply can’t ignore. Today we’re going to talk about the dark side of the industry.

Admissions standards have been in a free fall at Tier 4 law schools over the past few years. One school in particular has sunk so low that we felt compelled to announce our pick for…

The Worst Law School in America

Most of our readers are very conscientious. Most of you take the LSAT very seriously. Over 300,000 of you have read Josh’s post on how he got a 177 on the LSAT, tens of thousands of you have followed his LSAT prep book recommendations, thousands of you follow our LSAT study schedules every year, and hundreds of you have joined the LSAT Mastermind Group.

In spite of our best efforts to convince people to take their LSAT prep seriously, our message doesn’t reach everyone. Every year I encounter scores of the uninitiated. They didn’t take the LSAT seriously, got a low score, and are ready to run head-long into a costly and potentially disastrous career choice by attending any law school that’ll take them. As a new law school admissions cycle approaches, it is worth a reminder why the advice to avoid certain schools is more apt than ever.

…and the loser is: Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Why pick on Cooley? There are a lot of terrible law schools out there, certainly. Cooley Law, however, has secured a deserved reputation as the worst of the worst, churning out scores of the most uncompetitive graduates into an extremely competitive profession that has nowhere near the ability to absorb them all. Cost of education is extremely high relative to expected salaries. Many graduates struggle to even pass the bar. Cooley has even been sued for inflating salary data.

By any reputable method of ranking ABA law schools, they would appear near the very bottom. Famously, however, for many years they tried to counter this by publishing their own rankings based on silly metrics such as total volumes in the library, law school square footage, and incoming class size. In their own estimation, they ranked 2nd, just behind Harvard!

As the recession hit and the legal market shrank, law schools have had a choice about how to handle it. Fewer good candidates are applying to law school now. In response, either you shrink class size and retain your standards, keeping incoming students GPA and LSATs where they used to be, or you lower your admissions standards. Cooley has made some very, very bad choices. Here is a comparison of 2014 admissions data with 2015.

GPA 25th %ile Median 75th %ile
2014 2.53 2.90 3.28
2015 2.51 2.85 3.19
 LSAT 25th %ile Median 75th %ile
2014 141 145 149
2015 138 141 147

For those who aren’t familiar with admissions, I’ll tell you: this is extremely, extremely bad. Cooley was making a surprising good faith effort to keep their numbers from falling through the floor, but now they’ve apparently, as one legal blogger put it, “abandoned all pretense of maintaining sound admission policies.” It might be more accurate to say that they’ve abandoned the pretense of having any standards whatsoever.

The 25th percentile at Cooley is now a shocking 138. Ninety percent of LSAT takers perform better on the test. Given that even very low ranked schools generally try to take only students that perform better than average (about a 152), you can see how Cooley has committed themselves to scraping the very bottom of the applicant pool.

It’s this recent move, combined with their commitment to keeping a huge class in spite of offering very poor job prospects, that earns Cooley the distinction of being the very worst law school in America.

If you want to find some truly harsh invective about Cooley and schools like it, it will just take a little googling. People feel strongly enough about trashing these schools that they have compiled accurate school profiles and decorated them with pictures of cow dung.

Instead of going off on a self-indulgent rant, I want to simply present the facts, as near as we have them, about Cooley Law.

Bear in mind that Cooley and schools like it do nearly everything in their power to obscure data about how poor employments prospects are for their graduates. Thanks to the efforts of those pushing for more transparency, only recently have we been able to get a somewhat clearer picture of how these graduates really fare. Let’s take a look at this and some other vital statistics on the worst law school in America.

Cooley Law Job Prospects

Here is the salient figure, which alone should scare any reasonably rational person out of attending Cooley: 25.9%.

That is the percentage of Cooley’s 871 graduates who were able to secure full-time legal employment by one year after graduation. (Source: Law School Transparency

In case you are wondering, close to 100% of those who attend law school want to secure full-time legal work. Even at top five law schools where there are potentially many other desirable options, some 95% of graduates go on to do full time legal work that requires bar passage. By contrast, Cooley grads spend 3 years in law school, putting in a gargantuan effort on their part to secure a job as an attorney, but nearly 75% of them are unable to land themselves a law job.

In fact, with an employment rate of just 49.40% 9 months after graduation, chances are better than ever that you will end up completely unemployed if you happen to be one of the poor souls graduating from Cooley Law. It is a little hard to interpret this figure, since mostly anything counts as “employment.”

Most of those that do not secure full-time legal employment are likely still looking or are forced to begin practice on their own, “hanging out a shingle,” as it is known in the legal world. Trust those who have done it: starting your own private practice is nowhere near as glamorous as it sounds.

Many more Cooley grads, burdened with a mountain of non-dischargeable debt and no prospect of securing legal work, simply give up the hope of practicing law and move on to other things.

Cooley Law Graduate Salaries

US News lists the following salary data for Cooley:

Median private sector starting salary: $45,000

Median public service starting salary: $47,916

It is worth remembering that a median gives you very little information. Of those relatively few students who secured private sector work, at least half make 45K or more.

While these figures are about expected for a low ranked law school, they seem especially low given the debt Cooley grads are likely to carry.

Cost of Attendance

Cooley’s costs, while a shade lower than those of the highest ranked schools, are still enormously high. Full-time tuition in 2015 was $47,890 per year (estimated total with cost of living: $65,474).

cooley-cost-of-attendance

Average Indebtedness

Unlike most law schools, Cooley does not always reliably publish their average student indebtedness. For the last year I can find it, 2013, it was a whopping $122,395.

Take it from my own experience and those of my classmates at a high ranked school: $122K is hard to pay off when you are making $160K your first year. At $45k and lower, expect to be burdened indefinitely.

Admissions Statistics

applicants offers matriculants
Class of 2018 1,222 1,072 448

 

25th %ile Median 75th %ile
GPA 2.51 2.85 3.19
LSAT 138 141 147
Cooley’s LSAT numbers are well below the average for test takers overall, which is about a 152 (on a 120-180 scale). With close to a 90% acceptance rate, Cooley has effectively an open admissions policy.

Bar Passage

Only 39% of Cooley Grads who took the Michigan bar exam in July 2015 got a passing score.

 July 2015 Michigan Bar Cooley Everyone Else Total
Pass 104 (39%) 389 (71%) 493
Fail 389 (61%) 157 (29%) 319
Total 266 546 812

These pass rates are pretty shocking. Only 39% of Cooley grads passed the Michigan Bar, compared to a 71% pass rate for grads from other law schools.

And here’s the REALLY scary thing. These bar pass rates are from 2015, which means that these students were accepted back when Cooley’s median LSAT score was a 145. When their median LSAT score dropped 1 point from 146 to 145, their bar pass rate slipped from 44% to 39%. This does not bode well for the class of 2018, whose median LSAT score is a shockingly low 141.

I can only imagine how bad things are going to get in a few years when these students graduate. If things are already this bleak for the class of 2015, we’re going to see some truly awful outcomes for the Cooley Law School class of 2018 (which is “statistically the worst entering class of law students in the history of American legal education at an ABA-Accredited law school.”)

LSAT GPA Bar
25th 50th 75th 25th 50th 75th Pass Rate
Class of 2018 138 141 147 2.51 2.85 3.19 ?
Class of 2017 141 145 149 2.53 2.9 3.28 ?
Class of 2016 141 145 150 2.49 2.96 3.32 ?
Class of 2015 142 145 151 2.57 3.02 3.36 39%
Class of 2014 143 146 151 2.61 3.02 3.35 44%
Class of 2013 144 146 151 2.61 2.99 3.35 44%

 

Given that students with an LSAT below 155 are often considered at-risk for being unable to pass the bar, these stats are perhaps unsurprising.

By any plain reading, it seems that Cooley is running afoul of the ABA requirement that “a school shall not admit an applicant who does not appear capable of satisfactorily completing its program of legal education and being admitted to the bar.”

It is honestly shocking that the ABA has allowed Cooley to keep its accreditation with bar passage rates as low as they already are. Now that Cooley has hit a new low in admissions standards for the Class of 2018, they are almost begging the ABA to pull their accreditation.

…To Sum Up

This seems to be the beginning of the end for Cooley Law School. 1L enrollment has tumbled from 1583 in Fall 2010, down to 445 in Fall 2014. Now that they appear to be unwilling to lower enrollment any further, they’ve resorted to slashing admissions standards, doing whatever it takes to fill those 450 seats.

Now they’ve got a ticking time bomb on their hands. Cooley already has a hard time attracting qualified students because of their miserable bar passage & employment rates. When this new crop of students graduate in 2018, its going to be a bloodbath. Cooley’s (already low) bar passage & employment rates are going to drop considerably lower once the 2018 numbers come out, making it even more difficult to attract even the most minimally qualified students.

I don’t see an easy way out of the downward spiral Cooley has leaped into.

LSAT GPA Enrollment
25th 50th 75th 25th 50th 75th # of 1Ls
Fall 2010 144 146 151 2.61 2.99 3.35 1583
Fall 2011 143 146 151 2.61 3.02 3.35 1161
Fall 2012 142 145 151 2.57 3.02 3.36 897
Fall 2013 141 145 150 2.49 2.96 3.32 582
Fall 2014 141 145 149 2.53 2.9 3.28 445
Fall 2015 138 141 147 2.51 2.85 3.19 448

The best thing that could happen to you if you attend Cooley is failing out before you run up a tremendous amount of debt. Around 20% do make the decision to drop out. The most likely outcome, however, for those who finish: you end up having significant debt, have difficultly passing the bar, and are unable to find a legal job of any kind whatsoever.

Plainly, you are simply better off not attending Cooley. I repeat: it is just not worth it. Save yourself the heartache and only attend law school under much much better circumstances. If you are thinking of attending Cooley, I’m willing to personally try to talk you out of it.

If you’re just starting to think about law school, the best way to avoid this fate is to crush the LSAT. I’ve spoken to thousands of students over the past couple years & I’ve never heard of anyone who has followed one of our LSAT study schedules & still ended up with an LSAT score so low that they couldn’t get into a better law school than Cooley.

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25 Comments

  1. I got a 144 on lsat…graduated cum lauded in two years…passed the bar first time…passed Nevada bar first time…and hit the ground running at my first job…Cooley was the only school that would take me because I am horrible at standardized tests…but I excelled…

    • Bushra Shams on

      If you don’t mind me asking you, where are you working right now as a lawyer? Do you enjoy your job? Have you paid off your loans? Are you happy with your income now?

      As a rising senior in University considering law school, also very bad with standardized exams, I needed to know your opinion on all of this. It would be very beneficial as I get ready to sit for the September lsat exam and continue to weigh it as a possible career path.

  2. What makes your opinion worth anything more than anyone else’s? You don’t know all the answers. It don’t matter where you go to school. Your reputation of working hard and getting the job done is what counts. You need to take your negative opinions to your grandmother. Maybe she will listen to your bullshit.

    • V10Associate2011 on

      That is factually incorrect Mr. Banks. I am a practice attorney who graduated from a T6 school and have many friends who graduated from the T14 and from every range of schools below. Saying it doesn’t matter where you go to law school is perhaps the most telling statement of how little you know about this subject. Where you go to law school is the most important factor of job prospects. BY FAR! Top Vault firms won’t even hire outside of the top schools typically. A firm that takes 100+ new associates a year may give offers to 1-2 students out side of the top 25 or so schools. Worth ethic will be important, but the problem with legal hiring is that your resume gets your foot in the door. Working hard and getting the job done will only come if you can find a job…

      There is a dearth of knowledge out there about the perils of going to lower ranked schools. LST posts job prospects, and they are nothing short of terrifying. Paying $200,000 + interest/opportunity cost for a 25% chance at a job is bad. Especially when those jobs are for low pay which make paying off your loans and establishing your life and family next to impossible.

      Beware, these are not opinions but facts.

      • I agree that the top 25 or so law schools are in the mix. It Good job prospects extend beyond the top 14. If you graduate from a school such as Boston University, Fordham, Boston College, George Washington, you have a respected law degree and reasonably good prospects. But, on the other hand, if your degree is from Cooley or from any one of about 50 or so schools that probably should not be accredited, your prospects are bleak.

    • “What makes your opinion worth anything more than anyone else’s?”

      A J.D. from the University of Chicago & 5 years of experience analyzing law school admissions trends.

      “You don’t know all the answers.”

      True.

      “It don’t matter where you go to school.”

      Tell that to the 74% of Cooley Law grads who can’t find a job.

      “Your reputation of working hard and getting the job done is what counts.”

      Necessary, but not sufficient.
      Getting the job done is impossible when no one will hire you.

    • It does matter where you go to law school, but it might not be the most highly ranked school. If you want to work in Portland, the University of Oregon is probably a better better than a highly ranked east coast firm. While Harvard, Yale, Columbia and a few others will open doors, once you get out of the top ten the benefit drops off quickly.

      Also, do you really want to work in BIGLAW? There are many attorneys who are very happy in their jobs at mid-sized firms who believe in having a life.

      The best research? Figure out the type of firm you want to work in and then research their attorneys. Where are they hiring their associates from. In some smaller markets a degree from the state’s law schol may get you more job offers than a Harvard JD.

      Now for tier 4 schools – those are for people who are related to someone who will give them a job as long as they have a JD.

  3. As a Pharmacist who has and still is, contemplating Law School… Here is what I think.. ALL law schools need to lower their standards of getting a bit lower because there are good strong students that wish to pursue a degree in law but just do not do well on LSAT type tests. Me for example, the PCAT I did horrible, but someone took A chance on me and I ended up in the Deans list EVERY year and the PRESIDENTS list my final semester and graduated Magna Cum Laude, almost Suma. My point is… why bash another school because they are trying to give some students a chance? Maybe just maybe the faculty should be changed up a bit.

    It sounds as if you are just slightly snobby. Just sayin

    • V10Associate2011 on

      These are not analogous. Law school is based on a curve, whereas Pharm school is straight A-F in most cases. Everyone can get an F if they study hard and do well on the test. A tight curve on a law school exam can mean very little different between an A and a C.

      I’m glad you did well, but the LSAT is used as the best determining factor of how students will do at their respective law schools. So, is there a chance that you could score low on the LSAT and then go on to do well at a top school? Yes. But the data as of now show that it is very atypical. As I’ve stated before, law school is graded on a curve and the LSAT serves to make sure students with similar capabilities are competing. Schools don’t want students failing out or not being able to pass the bar. Or perhaps, more importantly, not be able to gain JD retired employment after law school.

      This site, and myself, are not trying to “bash” schools. You don’t seem to get the point that these schools do not provide you with any reasonable chance of getting a job. These are statistics! Schools in the lower-tiers give you less than a coin flips chance at a job as a lawyer.

      I understand what you are saying, but I don’t think you are understanding the greater point here.

      Law schools are not like other graduates schools! It matters where you go. A lot. Take this from someone who graduated from a great school and still know people who didn’t get jobs. Take it from someone who knows of HUNDREDS of stories (verified by friends, family, associates, etc) of people who went to lower ranked schools, did great, and cannot find employment.

      There are too many lawyers for the jobs available. Why would any firm who has the choice not hire from a Top school? There could be 100 reasons…But, at the end of the day, clients that hire the firms care where the people they are going to be paying went to school. Students at better schools have the best professors, the smartest students to complete against, and access to more opportunities…

      Is some of this fair? No. However, I assure you all that’s how it is; like it or not.

      Going to a school outside the top14 (with the exception of a T1 regional school with full-tuition) is a bad idea. Often 0Ls will dig up anecdotes of people who went to a lower-ranked school and ended up doing great. The problem is the vast majority do not.

      • V10Associate2011 on

        Edit: I meant that everyone can get an “A” in my paragraph. Not F.

        I would just like to add: The fact that those who are interested in becoming lawyers are refusing to research, find evidence, and inform themselves of this is concerning. This will be a lot of what your job entails; research.

        Also, to stick your head in the sand when Josh, who graduated from a top school, and everyone else who has actually gone is telling you not to go to a lower-ranked school is baffling.

        The cognitive-dissonance is painful to watch.

        If I am being harsh and you don’t like the truth, then law is simply not for you no matter where you go to school.

        Good luck.

    • Medical school harder to get in this Law school. Also Medical school acceptance is just like Law school. They want the brightest student. Obviously you have no clue what you are even arguing about. Cause a simple Google will tell you acceptance rates and requirement for medical school of top 10 school. I rather a smart Pharmicst helping me then you since you arnt smart. 😉

    • I agree. While I think the school needs improving, I agree that some students deserve a second chance and can be the odds.

  4. I wish I had this information before I attended Cooley. I started in 2007, and at the time there was very little on the internet detailing how bad Cooley was. I didn’t do well on my LSAT, but I wanted to go to law school. Cooley was the only option, so I went with high ambitions and great expectations. I graduated on time, passed the bar exam on my first try, but could not get a job because I went to Cooley. I couldn’t even get an interview. I ended up starting my own law office, but closed that down after a year because I didn’t make enough to pay off my ungodly high student loans. The only benefit of graduating from Cooley is that I got a J.D., which allowed me to get a good job outside of practicing law. I now have a great job, but I’m not doing what I love to do by practicing law. Take my advice and go to a law school that will actually benefit you. If you cannot get into a good law school, don’t waste your money because you won’t get a good job after you graduate.

    • Thanks for the comment Andrew. I’m sorry that we were not around in 2007 to help guide you in the right direction at the time, but it is good to hear that you have at least be able to get a job (even if it isn’t practicing law).

      Best of luck to you in the future.

      -Josh

  5. Questions
    Opinion on St.Thomas University in Miami. Also any value of their JSD in intercultural human rights?

    Any opinion on Emory, University of Arizona, ASU JD, Stetson Law, Florida Coastal?

    Is a SJD useful? Or do I have to go Harvard or Columbia?

  6. Edward Saint-Ivan on

    My short story “The Black Knight’s God” which appears in my published anthology “The Black Knights God: Horror Anthology” has a nexus to becoming a lawyer without law school. My character reads for the bar.
    I am BEGGING you to help get my story made into a short film.

  7. Edward Saint-Ivan on

    If there is any chance you could help me I can e/mail you my story. Please understand that its really, really, hard to get a film made. As a law school drop out from Birmingham School of Law, I need all the help I can get.

  8. PRACTICINGLAWYER on

    Great article. As a practicing lawyer for over twenty years, I’ve watched how opportunities in the profession have evaporated while law schools continue to churn out new law graduates. While the top graduates of top schools will still get paid top dollar in ‘Big Law’, the practical effect of the flood of new law grads is to drive salaries down for everyone else.

    When I went to law school at a regional school that is now a T2 the data regarding job prospects existed but nowhere near to the degree that it exists now. Looking back, I wish I would have known then what I know now. It astounds me that anyone would take a dive into the shark-filled waters of the legal profession without doing the basic research that this article advocates.

    At the end of the journey, the goal is to get a job in the legal profession. Why anyone would sacrifice three-plus years of their life and the very real potential for nondischargeable debt in excess of $200,000.00 with minimal job prospects is simply mind-boggling.

    That said, places like Cooley are just a symptom of a larger problem with the profession. At some point the ABA needs to step in to protect potential victims, established practitioners, as well as to preserve what is left of the legal profession’s integrity.

  9. Let me begin by saying I’m one of those “losers” who attended Thomas M Cooley Law School. I entered the school as part of the John Jay class set to graduate in 2000, but did a 2 year program and graduated with the Flannigan class in January 1999. I passed the California bar in 2000 and have practiced law on California since. I worked in a small firm for 5 years then opened my office in San Francisco in 2005.

    I have hired two Cooley grads, one of whom is now a public defender in Fresno County, the other in a solo practice in Oakland. I have personally litigated three precedential decisions on Federal court and by all metrics consider myself a successful lawyer in the most competitive market in the United States.

    What am saying? I am saying that it is easy to sit back and throw stones because you don’t see where they land. Articles like this go a long way toward making it impossible for a Cooley grad to get a job because you portray the legal education at Cooley as frivolous and worthy of disdain. Nothing could be further from the truth. Collwy law schoes DOES have a liberal admissions policy, but not everyone who goes to Cooley has a poor Academic pedigree I was a 3 point student at Portland State before I applied to Cooley. My 151 score in the LSAT was not earth shattering, but that would have gotten me into a lot of law schools had I bothered.

    But, my first semester at Cooley, I was so impressed by the school , I could never leave it. Cooley has some of the greatest professors in the United States. My torts professor Gerald Boston graduated from Harvard and published two treatises on torts. Professor Rooney graduated 2nd in his class from Princeton. The #1 graduate from his class was one William Rehnquist. #3 was some guy named Ralph Nader. He actually come into class and teaches Property law. Professor James Peden practiced criminal law for 20 years. Professor Dorean Koenig has published several books and treatise in human rights law. Professor Trotsky was a famous Wall Street lawyer who decided to teach. What was great about all these professors was that they actually did their own teaching.

    Again, I am Cot here to say everything about Cooley is great That would be burying my head in the sand. It IS expensive. They DO admit students a lot of law schools would not, but I don’t see why a prospective law student would want LESS opportunities. It is up to the student himself to be honest with himself whether law school is for him I interviewed the school’s founder, Retired Judge Thomas Brennan in 1998 for a series I did in Law and Society and I asked him if he was concerned that there were too many lawyers. He said this to me, and I always remembered that: “Every society is better if more of its citizens know the law”. That is Cooley’s mission, which I rather think is noble.

    • 1) We never called Cooley Law School graduates losers, as you are quick to imply. On the contrary, we’re very sympathetic to students. We’re actually on the side of the students and graduates… far too many of whom have been poorly served by Cooley.

      2) I’m glad your personal experience was different, but the legal market in 2017 is VERY different from the legal market in 1999. Many investments that were considered valuable in 1999 are no longer valuable… just like beanie babies & pets.com stock, a degree from Cooley Law School simply isn’t worth as much in 2017.

      3) In 1999, tuition at Cooley was around $7,000 a year. Today, that tuition has skyrocketed to nearly $50,000 a year. So while you only had to worry about paying off ~$20,000 in debt, today’s graduates are now saddled with as much as $200,000+ in student loans.

      While I do appreciate your feedback, I hope that you (and others who read your comment) realize that your anecdotal account simply isn’t representative of what today’s students can expect from a Cooley education.

  10. I attended Cooley in 1991 after starting a company while I was an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut (class of 1990). I worked for myself for a year and a half then got into Cooley, after finding it incredibly hard to get into local Law Schools. When I was applying, the economy was in the dumps, everybody was trying to get a advanced degree, and reverse discrimination was rampant. I actually thought about checking the box that I was a minority.

    I had decent grades and LSAT scores, but was also very involved with starting and growing a business while in college, so my time was limited to devote to grades and LAST studying. Cooley seemed to be a decent option, as I thought with my business background, and strong work ethic, I would be able to make something great out of the degree.

    The School was fine, the teachers were engaging and I really enjoyed the reading and learning the law, but I was not your average Cooley student. I was a business person who had won a prestigious Coop position with Procter & Gamble and an SBA award from UConn in small business consulting.

    I did not have my head in the clouds, I was a realist and quickly learned that Cooley grads were taught MI laws, had a had time getting jobs back on the East Coast and the starting pay was pathetic. I actually interviewed a couple of graduates who had made law review and in the 1990s were making in the low $20,000 range. I had started a company that was already making me about $40,000 and left to attend law school.

    Luckily for me, I was quick to realize the errors of my ways and after 2 months was able to “take a leave” from Cooley, as an opportunity to expand my business was presented to me.

    Flash forward 26 years, I am a multi millionaire and thankfully made the correct choice for myself. Does this mean that Cooley is a bad school, maybe, does is mean that I would not be successful with a degree from there, probably not. I was always an aggressive hard working person, so even with a degree from a marginal law school, I probably would have found a niche and become very successful.

    I have a friend who also went to Uconn and attended Cooley, and he has become very successful and I have other friends who have attended better schools who make crappy livings and are not happy with the state of the law. Going to law school does not mean being successful.

    In summary, some regrets about not finishing law school, I think I would have been a very good lawyer. The regret I have is quickly forgotten, now that I have financial freedom and probably make more than if I had become a successful attorney.

    In the uncertain times were are now in, I highly suggest that anyone thinking of any college or graduate program look at the ROI (return on investment). Cooley was cheap back when I attended, and the $2000 I lost in attending was the best $2000 lesson I ever had.

  11. Cynthia Brennan on

    Graduated from Cooley in 1992, Bird class. Finished early with honors. Law Review.

    I passed two bars on the first try. I got a job working in the private sector and have been doing litigation since then. I have done VERY well and earn far more than those of my same experience who graduate from schools like Temple, Villanova, Dickenson, Pitt, Georgetown, Columbia etc.

    Your dish on Cooley seems to be for purposes of selling your LSAT prep so that people like me don’t end up going to a school like Cooley. I did not take a prep course, still did well and am doing awesome.

    I believe in Thomas Brennan’s vision that anyone should be able to attend law school and become a lawyer. The best law school is one that offers students opportunities–a place to learn, books to read, and some structure in which to do it. Cooley had that in spades. The rest is up to the student.

    I believe that the problem is not with the school but with the people who attempt to rank them, then attempt to scare potential students in to thinking that if they don’t take an LSAT prep course they will end up going to a place like Cooley. I didn’t even know what LSAT stood for before I went to law school and it took me 6 months to find out the right way to say Prothonotary.

    Tomorrow I am giving a talk to 5th and 6th graders on what it is like to be a lawyer and will tell them that ANYONE can be a lawyer. And, if they happen to go to COOLEY, they can be as successful as me.

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