Agreed with above poster about geography. You'll need to network, intern and summer at places near the region you want to work. That'll be much more difficult if you attend law school out of state.
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« on: June 11, 2014, 10:04:13 PM »
I wonder if Philosophy would do better if it were separate from religion.
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:49:10 PM »
did we ever, um...you know?
To whom was this directed?
Distance Education Law Schools / Re: Any personal feedback on Abraham Lincoln University School of Law?« on: March 29, 2013, 02:23:20 AM »
I know someone who went there. She actually was able to get an indefinite paid law clerk position in the DA's office after graduating but before taking the bar so she did that for a couple years. No idea if she ever passed the bar though.
« on: March 17, 2013, 12:53:40 AM »
Blast from the past part deux.
It's largely irrelevant where you went to undergrad. What matters is your GPA and the percentile your GPA represents. After that, maybe the name of your school, if well-known, might be considered, but in a very minimal way.
Truth is that the advantage of going to certain elite school is their high GPA curves, but that could be the same at Middle State U, it just depends. Some state schools have high medians, some are low, regardless of US News ranking.
What above poster said about many students at elite law schools attending elite universities is true, but I offer a different explanation: higher quality students at elite universities are likely to earn higher LSATs and other factors that make them more attractive to elite law schools. The average LSAT from elite school undergrads is significantly higher than most.
There's often two related but different questions: has your schooling been interrupted and have you been suspended, expelled, etc.
If you took a leave of absence or something along those lines that's not suspended even if you "suspended" your studies. If the school suspended you in some process you would answer yes, otherwise no. If there is a question about your studies being continuous or interrupted then you would answer appropriately to that.
I don't disagree that you're likely to find quality Professors at law schools of every rank, but what's different at higher-ranked schools is typically the student body quality and the level of discussion and understanding that potentially creates. There's also economic signaling.
While that Professor who teaches at multiple schools may use similarly difficult exams, that doesn't mean that his teaching style or the in-class experience is the same. Supposedly, higher-ranked schools teach theory more and lower-ranked schools teach the black letter law. At a higher-ranked school, with an objectively higher student quality, it's more likely the Professor doesn't have to go over the basics but can talk about nuances or theory of the law because it's assumed the students can learn it on their own. Students in class at other schools may need more black letter law training, which could help them more with the bar exam.
I guess the point is there's no right or wrong answer to this question because it's whatever you think will serve your needs best. Just my two cents.