I think it might be time to start attacking specific schools, otherwise 0L's will say "at least I'm not in Cooley, I'm in University of X, so I'm OK".I agree. So, for clarity's sake and as a treat for our Sunday afternoon readership, here is a full list of American (non-Puerto Rican) law schools (I think) with the probable reaction yours truly (and not OTLSS - this isn't Above the Law for God's sake) would give to a prospective student enrolling in those institutions, in crude alphabetical order.
You can take this as one guy's opinion, but the point is that if you want to argue there's a difference between T4 and T7, fine, go ahead. Neither is a good option, and if I'm ever on the other side of the hiring table, you're getting an escalating minus if you enroll in any school in T4-T7 in 2013 or beyond.
1st Tier: [Enthusiasm] "Good for you!"
2nd Tier: [Passive approval] "Sure, go to law school."
New York U.
3rd Tier: [Concern/Caution/Conditional Approval] "Are you sure?!" Followed by "You're from there, right?" and/or "Please tell me you got a huge discount."
Washington U. (STL)
William & Mary
THERE ARE VERY FEW GOOD REASONS TO GO TO A SCHOOL LOWER THAN THIS RIGHT NOW. I CANNOT THINK OF ANY FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL.
4th Tier: [Logos level] "NO. Don't do that. I can reason with you, right? Let me explain this..."
Lewis & Clark
Washington & Lee
5th Tier: [Ethos level] "NO. Don't go. Don't just take my word for it, look at all these books and news articles. Almost no one who has any objectivity is telling you this is a good idea."
Cal-Irvine (prov. accred)
Mass-Dartmouth (prov. accred)
St. Thomas (MN)
6th Tier: [Pathos level] "NO. NO NO NO. You are walking into a machine gun of tragic donkey shit! STOP! Are you fucking serious?"
LaVerne (prov. accred)
New York Law School
St. Thomas (Fl)
Western New England
-All established state-accredited institutions
7th Tier: [start sobbing uncontrollably while running for shelter]
Concordia (seeking accred.)
Duncan-LM (seeking accred.)
Savannah (seeking accred.)
-All unaccredited institutions