A recent advertisement for attracting candidates released by the Stetson University College of Law reads more like a desperate used car sales pamphlet than an advertisement for admission to a law school. The falling numbers in LSAT are having their effect and false promises coupled with heavy student debts have turned students away from law schools. Stetson, allegedly at the 119th position in U.S. News law school rankings is among the costliest.
The advertisement reads: Apply Today … Stetson University College of Law … Application Deadline Extended to July 1 … Accepting June LSAT scores … Application Fee Waived.
As one critic on the internet commented, it reads like “Come right in! We’ll give you the best deal in town!! Poor credit?! No credit?! No problem! We finance EVERYONE!! Come by bus or taxi, and leave in a beautiful “previously-owned” vehicle, at a GREAT deal!”
Incidentally, the Stetson University School of Law, as found by the U.S. News report saddles each JD student with an average student debt of $133,082. At least 88% of the students of the 2011 class graduated with such debt.
The advertisement continues to read: “Stetson Law offers concentrations in advocacy, elder law, environmental law, and international law, as well as outstanding clinic and internship opportunities. An excellent legal education prepares students to effectively seek justice in the world – we offer outstanding study abroad programs in eight countries.”
Also dropping the information that the school is accepting June LSAT scores means a last minute cueing to those who have not yet taken LSAT or may have fared poorly earlier.
It is clear that students have become more discerning in their choices and they are not interested in joining just any school. It is quite deploring for an ABA accredited law school going to such lengths to attract students. The desperation is obvious, and so is the verdict of candidates.