A guy screwed because he went to Valparaiso Law School
New York Times article about a poor schmuck who is $200,000 in debt for a law degree from Valparaiso Law School.
As a blogger, it’s important for me to spread the lessons learned so others don’t make his mistake. The admissions offices at crappy overpriced law schools like Valparaiso are surely not advising applicants of these truths.
1. Law school is not worth $200,000 unless it’s a Top 14 law school, and even Top 14 law schools aren’t the guaranteed ticket to Big Law that they used to be in the good times.
2. Private law schools are especially crappy deals. If he couldn’t get into the local state school, he had no business paying more money to attend a private law school. A law school like Valparaiso shouldn’t even exist. But even some state schools charge jacked up prices making them almost as crappy of a deal. And even a low in-state tuition doesn’t necessarily make law school worthwhile: there are opportunity costs and you can still rack up quite a bit of debt paying for living expenses for three years.
3. No one wants to hire a new 39-year-old lawyer. If you’re 30 or older, it’s too late to go to law school and then get a job as a lawyer.