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Graduated From a Tier 3 Law School: There’s much you can do with your degree

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What you do with your tier 3 law school degree depends on you

Graduating from a tier 3 law school does not automatically qualify you as a sure shot disaster, though that is the myth a section of the legal industry would like to establish – because, otherwise, there would be few takers for high-cost law schools. While no one would claim that a tier 1 law school and a tier 3 law school are on the same footing – the difference is based and stressed on average expectations and average results. Neither the founding fathers of the nation, nor the people who were the best lawyers of yesteryear's needed law degrees and employer brands to make them who they were. The lack of a law degree also did not make anyone incompetent to draft the U.S. Constitution, the bedrock of all statutes, law schools and law degrees. What you make of your tier 3 law school degree, or of yourself, depends largely upon you, and the going may be difficult in the beginning, but a tier 3 law school degree is not going to prevent you from having a great life.
 
J.D. from a 3rd Tier Law School

The real problem with a tier 3 law school degree

The only real problem with a tier 3 law school degree is if you happened to encounter poor learning, and failed to develop yourself. No one can help you if you did not learn the law, regardless of whether you graduated from a tier 1 or a tier 3 law school. But, if you did manage to learn the law, then your only real problem is that at preliminary screenings, hi-fi law firms would not treat you kindly. That does not mean the end of the world.

The origin of most lawyers

From where do all those traffic lawyers, divorce lawyers, personal injury lawyers and real estate lawyers come? Are all the small county prosecutors and public defenders from tier 1 law schools?

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