Law School Discussion

Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: NYCK on March 25, 2006, 12:32:26 AM

Title: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: NYCK on March 25, 2006, 12:32:26 AM
There are a handful of top notch law schools:  Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UPenn., N.Y.U., Georgetown, etc; but, there is only of one us.  We can't go to all of the aforementioned law schools.

What are your criterion for selecting a Law School?  Law is fiercely competitive; every path we take shapes our future.  Do rankings play a role; financial aid (etc)?

P.S.  How does one maximize their potential for receiving the biggest package from top law schools?  I am beginning UG this fall, so I am all ears.  I am financially disadvantaged, and I'm seeking every possible way to obtain the most money for a top notch education.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: ElectricalStorm on March 25, 2006, 12:49:27 AM
Location (this was my first filter based on a handful of states), flexibility of program, availability of various classes, reputation, and cost. I'd say these were the big ones for me.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: NYCK on March 25, 2006, 12:58:28 AM
So depending on where you plan on practicing you would go to the highest ranked Law Firm in that area?  Or was it based on preferred weather conditions and the vicinity to large cities?
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: oldhat on March 25, 2006, 01:11:14 AM
1. Prestige
2. Location
3. Cost
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: TNlawguy on March 25, 2006, 01:26:17 AM
1)Quality of program (gauged by faculty research interests, quality of faculty/reputations in respective fields, prestige of law review/journal)

2)School's reputation (are they national? or at least semi-national with very strong regional pull?)

3)Financial Aid (how much loved did you show me? Was I warm or did you leave me shaking in the cold?)

4) Location (is this someplace I'd willing to spend 3 years--maybe even start my legal career? what's the legal market like?)

5) Gut reading (how'd you treat me when I met you? when I've contacted you? or when I visited your school) *This was the tie-breaker in my case b/t school who were pretty much equal on every other front: Both BigTen, etc, etc.

Hope this helps someone :)
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: ->Soon on March 25, 2006, 06:43:07 AM
For moi, its all about the weather.

Its 50 here right now in Tampa, and I am FREEZING!!!

I can only look at schools in Fl,Tx,Ca,or Az.

after that, im still deciding whats most important.

Probably babes and job opps.

In that order   ;D
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: cyberrev on March 25, 2006, 07:29:51 AM
1.  show me the money!

2.  how i've been treated throughout the application process.

3.  is it someplace i can see myself living/practicing after graduation

Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: moonpie on March 25, 2006, 08:02:14 AM
1.  show me the money!

2.  how i've been treated throughout the application process.

3.  is it someplace i can see myself living/practicing after graduation

1. Sure--though the usual caveats about prestige and job opportunities apply.

2. this is a poor criterion, in my opinion. The admissions department are hopefully different people than faculty, and there are a number of reasons admissions could suck that don't imply any problems for you once you get in--like if it's a problem with personnel at any level lower than the president.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: cyberrev on March 25, 2006, 08:05:23 AM
1.  show me the money!

2.  how i've been treated throughout the application process.

3.  is it someplace i can see myself living/practicing after graduation

1. Sure--though the usual caveats about prestige and job opportunities apply.

2. this is a poor criterion, in my opinion. The admissions department are hopefully different people than faculty, and there are a number of reasons admissions could suck that don't imply any problems for you once you get in--like if it's a problem with personnel at any level lower than the president.




since most of my schools are fairly equal in 'prestige' then this is an important factor to me.  may not  be for others, and thats quite alright
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: toomuchhype on March 25, 2006, 10:42:00 AM
Depts on all levels matter to an extent imo.  If they arent very good, then it reflects poorly on the school and a quality school, I think, should address such a problem.  Certianly, there are prolly more pertinent things for a school to deal with, but if its a notable problem, then it will hurt the school esp something like admissions.

Anyways, here are my main determinants:

The prestige/ranking, but definately coupled with location, since Im not competitive at the top 20 or so.

If theyre relatively even after that point, cost and academics come into play.

Next tie-breaker is how I felt when i visited the schools and how the faculty at the school treated me and the feeling given off from the students there, but also job opportunities (but job prospects were pretty solid from all of the school I applied so this is consequently low on the factors already).

I have a small list of available options at the moment, so its pretty inconsequential what i think about the schools i applied and more along the lines of if they admitted me.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: Yale College Inferno on March 25, 2006, 10:46:03 AM
How fast the schools issue decisions.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: D. on March 25, 2006, 11:47:37 AM
1. Prestige
2. Location
3. Cost

Same.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: NYCK on March 25, 2006, 02:19:47 PM
Law Schools in California (particularly Stanford and UC-Berkley) and schools in NYC (Columbia Law, and the nearby Yale LS and HLS).  They are all great schools with similar tuition costs.  I wouldn't mind living in New York City or California.  I can't decide on a criterion to filter my list.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: Yale College Inferno on March 25, 2006, 02:35:34 PM
YLS is not meaningfully near NYC. At least not enough to be considered an NYC school. The only sense in which YLS is really "close" to NYC is that you can use the JFK/LGA airports for more convenient flights than Hartford has.

HLS is way far from NYC. Try 4 hours...
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: RockyMarciano on March 25, 2006, 02:52:54 PM
1)Quality of program (gauged by faculty research interests, quality of faculty/reputations in respective fields, prestige of law review/journal)

2)School's reputation (are they national? or at least semi-national with very strong regional pull?)

3)Financial Aid (how much loved did you show me? Was I warm or did you leave me shaking in the cold?)

4) Location (is this someplace I'd willing to spend 3 years--maybe even start my legal career? what's the legal market like?)

5) Gut reading (how'd you treat me when I met you? when I've contacted you? or when I visited your school) *This was the tie-breaker in my case b/t school who were pretty much equal on every other front: Both BigTen, etc, etc.

Hope this helps someone :)

This is how I am going to select my law school as well. I think it combines everything you need to succeed in law school and in real life. I am also looking at the student body and law school environment, but I guess this may fall under quality of program.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: Steve.jd on March 25, 2006, 03:00:23 PM
If you are starting UG this fall, don't worry about it, don't stress.  Enjoy your time at UG, do well, and score high on the LSAT.  Besides, in four years you might decide you don't even want law school, so why fret now?
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: bass on March 25, 2006, 03:04:54 PM
If you are starting UG this fall, don't worry about it, don't stress.  Enjoy your time at UG, do well, and score high on the LSAT.  Besides, in four years you might decide you don't even want law school, so why fret now?

Credited.  Chill. Elsewhere.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: trogdor on March 25, 2006, 03:16:54 PM
1. rankings and all that they entail... they do matter, but they're certainly not the end all be all
2. location... podunk, boring cities are definitely a turn off
3. programs of study offered, clinics, opportunities
4. student body - i still want to have fun and enjoy myself
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: shaz on March 25, 2006, 03:27:56 PM
for me, it's all going to come down to a gut feeling.  my gut tells me that i want to work in chicago, seattle, or cleveland.  if i get off the notre dame waitlist, i'll gladly go into as much debt as it takes. i have never even been to these cities.  it's all gut.  my family wants me to stay in the area, but i'm going to trust my gut on this one. 
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: catalyst81 on March 25, 2006, 03:47:30 PM
1. location
2. general feel when visiting
3. good career prospects
4. cost

Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: ElectricalStorm on March 25, 2006, 05:15:39 PM
So depending on where you plan on practicing you would go to the highest ranked Law Firm in that area?  Or was it based on preferred weather conditions and the vicinity to large cities?

I applied to schools in the areas I could see myself working in (all but one in TX and VA) which are the preferred areas because I like the weather/culture/opportunities/cost of living better than the northern states I've spent time in. Ranking didn't play a very big role, it just happens that the highest ranked school I got into fits me the best in terms of location, strength in specific programs, etc.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: Yale College Inferno on March 25, 2006, 05:28:48 PM
NYCK, where are you going to UG?
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: SFnative on March 25, 2006, 08:28:08 PM
1. location
2. cost
3. prestige
4. class size
5. student body/competitiveness
6. specific programs
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: Gaditano on March 25, 2006, 09:14:12 PM
After researching the numbers,location, rankings, programs and cost...Visiting the school and asking myself if would be happy, comfortable and fit in for three years if i went there has been the most important question for me.  Deciding on paper is tough and neglects the distinctive feel that each school has.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: NYCK on March 26, 2006, 09:17:47 AM
NYCK, where are you going to UG?

I do not know yet; I am still waiting for the acceptance/rejection letters from all the UG institutions.

I applied to about 16 schools in total, I only heard from two (Syracuse University, and Boston College) for now.  I was accepted to Syracuse and rejected by BC.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: Yale College Inferno on March 26, 2006, 10:44:42 AM
oh right UG admissions are non-rolling and much slower. In that sense, some of us LS applicants should really stop complaining about "slow" LS decisions.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: NYCK on March 26, 2006, 10:49:37 AM
oh right UG admissions are non-rolling and much slower. In that sense, some of us LS applicants should really stop complaining about "slow" LS decisions.

I will let you all know where I decide to go once I hear from every school.  :)  I'm glad they didn't send me the letters yet, I'm scared shitless.  The wait is killing me, but the possibility of getting rejected is even worse...
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: Yale College Inferno on March 26, 2006, 11:24:00 AM
I see that you signed up on mafiaboss. how do you like it? I'm the boss of one of the big families there.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: azstudent on March 26, 2006, 11:47:22 AM
Unless money comes up (schools seem to be the same cost), between the schools that I'm deciding between it's where I'll be happy and I only think a visit will decide that.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law Sch
Post by: azstudent on March 26, 2006, 11:52:35 AM
NYCK, you're really counting your chickens before they hatch with all this law school stuff.  Get the best grades you can in college when you even get there, and then junior year start thinking about the LSAT and which schools you should apply to.  Odds are your academic record (especially after you've got an LSAT score) will cut your choices way the hell down for you.

It really shocked me how many people I knew applied to LS before receiving their scores.
Title: Re: "Should I go here, or there?":What is your criterion for selecting a Law School?
Post by: bass on March 26, 2006, 03:47:31 PM
no worries.  he is confident he'll have a 4.0