This is exactly the type of advertising that law schools need. It's truthful, proud, and properly informs prospective students about the benefits of attending that particular college instead of more "prestigious" institutions. You'll make a great trial court judge!
Of course, the cynics at Above the Law have a disdain for blue collar law schools and decided to take it out on the Sanctity of Law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
As our tipster put it: “Sure, the President, six of nine Supreme Court Justices, and the Governor may all have attended Harvard. But Suffolk Law has Worcester Probate Court on lock, bitches.”INSOLENCE! How dare they directly insult the hard working state court judges of Massachusetts who allow liberty to flow freely and who use their Suffolk law degree on a daily basis to serve justice on Constitutionally-sound imaginary plates.
No disrespect to the Massachusetts judicial system, but Harvard and Yale may not be competing with Suffolk over that plum.
Apologists will suggest that “maybe some students really want a school to provide regional opportunities,” which would be a fair statement if (a) you thought Harvard grads couldn’t get Massachusetts state judgeships...
Cue Paul Dacier, President of the Boston Bar Association:
ATL mocks the school for its pride in this achievement, suggesting that becoming a state judge is not a high honor. The vitriol in this editorial was a shock and made us think hard enough about the issue that we feel compelled to respond. Any attack on the judiciary is an attack on our society and the foundational structure of our government.In syllogism form:
[T]ake a step back to think about whether we should be castigating a law school for trying to combat the declining law school application rates; consider whether sweeping assumptions about the caliber of its students and graduates are required or even accurate; and remember the landmark decisions and advancements in the law that our state court judges have made because their judgment carries great weight. We should not be spreading malice, but rather support for our brethren in the law.
Premise A. State court judges are really important and worthy of respect.
Premise B. Suffolk and schools like it can provide, and have produced, graduates who have done such stuff
Conclusion. If you're criticizing Suffolk's advertising that includes the Massachusetts judiciary, you're assaulting the judiciary, being malicious, and insufficiently supporting your brethren in the law.Please, scambloggers, consider the harm you do. Suffolk law is only trying to reel in gullible mid-range LSAT scorers who are applying some logical fallacy to an incomplete factual scenario. All they're trying to do is combat the declining application rate. You should show more support for your brethren.
And, friends, Suffolk is your brethren. Embrace it. Love it. Pay a tuition deposit for fall.