are you serious with this shit? Are you really trying to say that if you can't meet one of these 4 you shouldn't be a lawyer?
I see they still teach flogging straw men at the Thomas M. Cooley law school. Are you unable to grasp the distinction between whether or not someone should be a lawyer and whether or not law school is a good idea likely to lead to a positive life outcome?
Yeah thats way over the top. It probably only applies to people who can't imagine an income below a quarter million a year. Some of the most successful lawyers I know went to mediocre schools.
This is a common fallacy I often see repeated by non-lawyers. There are plenty of successful lawyers from garbage schools, but they aren't at all representative. Most of them are old lawyers who established their practice in legal market very different from what exists today. In 1970, it was possible to go to a mediocre school, hang a shingle, and have a good shot at success. That isn't the case anymore. Even in the 2005-2007 boom years, roughly half of all law grads could not get jobs as practicing attorneys. I can only assume that number is even higher now, and you better believe that it's concentrated at the lower ranked law schools. If someone attends a mediocre school right now, the likely outcome is that they will never get a job as an attorney. It's just a statistical fact. Anecdotally, the vast majority of toilet grads I see on law firm websites (and I am talking small/mid firms, not even biglaw), are generally summa or law review editors. Obviously the vast majority of toilet law students aren't summa/law review, so the reasonable conclusion from this is that most aren't practicing law.
This is why I suggest that someone who wants to be a lawyer but can't acquire academic prestige needs to leave law school with no debt, and needs to spend all their time in law school networking and learning how to build a practice. The crackhead who is going to persuade you to take his case without a retainer and then stiffs you so you have to repo his $1000 car and sell it to get your fee (at which point he files a groundless grievance against you), is not going to care about your grades or what law school you went to.
The boomers fucked this profession just like they fucked up everything else. Don't shoot the messenger. At this point, even if someone from a mediocre school does beat the odds and get a job churning out car wreck petitions for some ambulance chaser, their starting salary is going to be less than what they would have made taking a generic entry-level office job and getting 3 years of raises.
Full disclosure: I went to a T14 on half scholarship, got top 25% grades, and consider myself very lucky to be at a laid-back small firm doing class actions and commercial lit as I could easily be unemployed right now and I know plenty of similarly prestigious or even more prestigious grads who don't have jobs.