Look. We are not actually people who believe that going to Stanford or the Ivys or whatever the hell other schools rich people go to is a necessary predicate to being a lawyer. There are great law students — and great law profs and great law resources — at all types of schools. But maybe you want to rethink your law school lifestyle choice if, say, you end up at one of the seemingly gazillion unaccredited law schools that litter California’s landscape.
Yes, thanks to California’s weirdly light touch when it comes to regulating law schools, you can have schools that range from the scummy…
Northwestern California, which opened in 1982, has offices on the third floor of a Sacramento office park. Each year, it typically enrolls about 600 students, who are spread throughout the globe and take virtual classes. They are required to complete 864 hours of study a year, which the state bar requires of those enrolled in online and correspondence schools.
Medina, 35, said that when he called Northwestern California’s offices to ask for extra help from professors, he was told to post questions online and wait for responses, or pay a few hundred dollars more for additional classes.
…to the downright pathetic.
Then, there are a patchwork of tiny law schools. One of these is run by Larry H. Layton, who opened his school in an Acton strip mall above a now-shuttered Mexican restaurant.
He thought the Larry H. Layton School of Law, which charges about $15,000 a year, would grow quickly. But according to the state bar records, he’s had six students since 2010. He insists that number is somewhat higher and said he’s trying to attract students.
He’s advertised in local newspapers and pushes the school on social media with catchphrases like: “Your car is safe at Larry’s law school in rural Acton, Ca.”
To be fair, that safe car this is pretty tempti–WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU, MAN? You have had six students in five years. People routinely go out to dinner in larger groups. Many of us grew up in larger families. How the hell do classes even work? Is it easy or hard to be a gunner when there are only one or two of you? How do you learn which profs to avoid? Is Layton the only prof?
So many questions, but only one answer: don’t go to these schools. Particularly because the graduation rate of these places hovers just barely north of 10%, and if you’re one of those lucky few, you still only have a one-in-five shot of becoming a lawyer after graduating. Those are not good odds, particularly when you could just skip the idea entirely and do literally anything else with your money and probably have a better life.