You know, I have heard too much for too long how important the name of the law school is on your diploma. I have heard that the name can sometimes be more important than the ranking within your class. But why? I know some people say that it's because behind the name and the reputation comes excellent education, and even if it doesn't things are how they are and it's not I who will change it. But I wonder if firms will really turn me down because I didn't go to a top 50 school. I got a 169 on my LSAT, I had a 3.5 cum. GPA in my undergraduate school, I got in all but one out of 10 schools I applied to, 3 of them in the top 50 and one in the top 5...yeah...but I chose a school ranked 87 by the infamous US News and World Report for the full ride. I thought it was an honor that a school bet so highly in my success that they said I don't have to pay to go there, that it is my name that may help build theirs up and not the other way around. You know, I think that there is a lot more going for lawyers than a fancy law school. I think that if you have additional, relevant attributes you are much better off than the stereotype anti-social Ivy-Leaguer. I speak five languages, hold dual citizenship and American Residency, have traveled the world, volunteered abroad, worked at the Maryland General Assembly, was a crucial help on the passage of a really important child-welfare bill, I am outgoing, smart, persevering, persuasive, diligent, and yet somehow I hear that because I chose to go to Hofstra, and emphasis on the word "chose", I am doomed as far as jobs. So my question to you, who have the experience required to answer my question, is whether it is really true that going to Hofstra Law is going to affect my job choices negatively. I am not sure whether it is relevant, but my field of choice so far is M&A and other types of business law. Thanks in advance for the replies.