In an opinion-editorial in the influential The New York Times, Elie Mystal outs how it's necessary to understand the law school game.
Otherwise applicants can wind up wasting their money, time and hope. Fierce ambition is not enough.
Among those applicants who wind up in that pickle are African-Americans. Mystal is an American who did understand that game. That's because he matriculated at Harvard undergraduate.
There he had access to everything he needed to know to what schools he should have applied to - and how. He was admitted to Harvard Law School. Eventually he left the career path of practicing law and became a journalist. Currently he is an editor at Abovethelaw.com.
Where African-Americans frequently wind up enrolling is in for-profit law schools such as Arizona Summit. Nothing wrong with for-profit per se.
The tragedy is set in play by two factors. One is that only a low percentage of graduates pass the bar. Without that, they can't practice law.
And, two, law schools such as Arizona Summit do not have high rankings. That limits their career prospects. For example, top law firms tend not to interview students at law schools not ranked high by U.S. News & World Report. The brand of the law school from which lawyers graduate from usually matters a lot for the first few years in the profession.
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