The 4th Tier Law School Kill List


With the recent revelation of President Barack Obama’s secret kill list for alleged terrorists, we got to thinking. What if—instead of accrediting more law schools, the American Bar Association (or some trusted authority like us) created and administered its own secret kill list of schools? Y’know, law schools that do nothing other than produce more unemployed law school graduates.

The ABA won’t take that challenge. So we’ve stepped up as the one trusted authority on the subject. Like Obama, we’ve formed our own phalanx of experts, legal advisers, and dubiously credentialed officials. And we’re getting to work.

Each week we’ll review the intelligence we’ve gathered on questionable law schools and assess the threat of those law schools to the profession. If the threat is sufficient, we’ll recommend adding the school to the kill list as a school to take out, once the opportunity arises. Each week, we’ll methodically add a fourth tier law school—or, on rare but justified occasions, a second or third tier law school. Some weeks we may hold off on adding any more schools. But more likely than not, we’ll slowly grow a definitive kill list of law schools. We call it pragmatism over ideology, a way to mitigate real threats to the profession.

Have a candidate for the kill list? We’re listening and taking all information and intelligence. Proceed.

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12 Comments

  1. Terminate with extreme prejudice

    June 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Cooley is the Usama bin Ladin of fourth tier law scjools.

  2. Terminate with extreme prejudice

    June 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Cooley is the Usama bin Ladin of fourth tier law schools.

  3. T2

    June 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    ………… all the “infiniLaw” for profit schools (florida coastal, charlotte, and phoenix) My nephew asked me if he should apply to those, I did some research and BOOM 60k a year estimated total cost…… just a couple years ago we got away with 45k a year at a sometimes T1 sometimes T2 school.

    and just how do these schools presume to “balance” profiting and providing a quality legal education. I do concede (a point my nephew brought up) that the weather is nice in florida and FC law is the only one in florida’s largest city, Jacksonville. Still…. a 35k job at the state attorney’s office being a slave is going to make repaying those loans a life long chore.

    • Jerry

      June 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Death to the CharlotteLaw school, it is for sure the worst school in America.

  4. Guano Dubango

    June 9, 2012 at 5:58 am

    No one has mentioned that these schools do produce the best looking female graduates. That must be worth something, with a shortage of law beauties, no?

  5. Lulaine

    June 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The law schools are going to facing a tough time, they are currently facing a lot of scrutiny because of the amount of students that cannot find jobs. Many of the law schools even the not so great ones are charging top dollar and there are accusations of juking the stats in their favor. The lawsuits currently filed against some of the schools was the match that lit the fuse against the law schools.

  6. Jen at the Roc

    June 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    A rule of thumb I often suggest to people is that if a school has a geographic feature or body of water in its name (“coastal,” “mountain,” “valley,” “pacific” or “atlantic”), chances are it may not be your best bet for a law school. There may be an exception or two to this, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

    • ben there

      June 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

      You forgot about if the school is named after someone nobody knows.

  7. John

    June 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Phoenix School of Law. Another disaster from infiniLaw. I do agree, they do have lots of pleasant looking women. Unfortunately they won’t find work!

  8. Chris Kuckleburg

    July 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Keep this in perspective; Tier-4 Law Schools do have a role to play. For example, nearly every attorney in South Dakota (and all the State Supreme Court Justices in SD) went to “Tier-4″ Univ. of South Dakota. Very few JD’s from a Tier-1 (or Tier-2) school are going to come to a state like a SD, ND, WY, MT (add your state here) to work as an attorney. Besides that, low income citizens need representation for a variety of reasons. The real problem is the debt that theseTier 3/4 schools make student take on – no Tier-4 school should cost as much as Tier 1/2. Focus on that.

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