Thursday, April 5, 2018

My Old Law School

I started law school at Pepperdine in Malibu the day after my fortieth birthday. I had good undergraduate grades, and a high LSAT score, so I was accepted by all four of the schools that I applied to. I could have gone to Loyola, which is a higher rated school, but I chose Pepperdine. There were two reasons: 1) they offered me a 25% scholarship; and 2) the location. 

This is the view from the law building. In the years before I started school, I regularly rode a motorcycle around these hills and along this coast line. I'd seen Pepperdine, in fact I had ridden around the campus. I thought that law school would be stressful, which is was, and I thought that this location would be relaxing, which it was. 

This is the view from one of the study tables in the library. On a good day, you can see Anacapa Island in the distance, and frequently you will see a hawk glide by, close to the hillside. 

It was a good choice. I was comfortable there, and I got a very good education. You compare the quality of the education by comparing the graduating classes' passage rate for first-time takers of the California Bar Exam. That's a famously difficult test, with the over-all passage rate for first time takers usually falling in the high forties. For my class the passage rate was in the high eighties. We were well prepared. 

It's still a beautiful place, but like all American universities it's frighteningly expensive now. I graduated in 1991, and the tuition was under $15,000 per year. Now it's almost $50,000. It's a nationwide scam organized by the government, the university system, the lenders, and the collection industry. The students are the victims. I've got an old post up here about the whole process in which this new system was set up. I got out just in time, but then I have always been a very lucky man. 

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