Retailers are known to make small fortunes off of impulse buying-- those unplanned purchases made in a moment of irrationality or self-gratification. It is good to know that there is a law school analog-- the last-minute application. What did law schools ever see in those application deadlines that expire months in advance of the start of classes-- deadlines that give potential lemmings ample time to weigh the cons of attendance against the pros, and that cruelly exclude the neglected demographic of the impulse buyer?
Take Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebrasksa. Only 53.6% of its Class of 2013 law grads obtained full-time non-solo bar-required jobs, nine-months-out. Tuition is a hefty $34,000 per year, not counting about $1500 more in fees. Law School Transparency estimates that the debt-financed cost of a Creighton JD (based on non-discounted tuition) at $194,754. US News ranks Creighton 115th out of the 200 accredited law schools. But those are just numbers and, as Creighton Law School's website explains: "At Creighton University School of Law. . . we'll never be reduced to our numbers." Still, it is impulse buyers who are less likely to consider the import of these statistics. Perhaps that is why Creighton Law sends emails like the one below, provided to OTLSS by a correspondent, in which the admissions coordinator shares the good news that the school is still accepting applications a mere 10 days before the start of 1L orientation.