« on: June 25, 2008, 08:14:24 AM »
This is similar to my other thread (your top 5), but it is different enough that it deserves its own thread. This is a way for us to kind of expand our perceptional horizon- what you do is this: list the top 3/4/however many schools in your state and rank them. Don't rank them by US News or Leiter or anything like that. Rank them as you see them- definately take into account factors such as price, quality, and general perception throughout the state. Many people are indicating that they have a national preference- it is important that we know a school's perception within that school's state.
I'll start, and since my state only has three law schools, that is all I will look at.
1. University of Kentucky
Most lawyers I know have a degree from UK. Blame it on the size, blame it on the basketball team, blame it on whatever you want- UK means more than any other school here in Kentucky. While it is the most expensive of the 3 law schools (not by much), it really seems that you get the most bang for your buck here.
2. University of Louisville
Barely- U of L was almost third. Louisville's a really nice city too- lots of culture and tradition, and a really good pie shop. It's just that, when you go to Louisville, most people in the state assume that it is because you can't get into UK. Is it fair? Probably not... but anywhere outside of Louisville (and maybe inside as well), a UK degree will beat a U of L degree.
3. Northern Kentucky University
This is an odd ball school. I don't know a whole lot about the actual academics of the school, but I do know that they have a bad reputation within the state, so I imagine they have no reputation outside of the state. Also, the campus is a mess... really ugly place that is nicknamed the "concrete jungle". There is a plus, and it is a pretty huge one- the median LSAT is very low, and NKU is very generous. In fact, around a third of the students there are receiving full rides.
Now it is your turn- list your state. If your state has already been listed, list it anyway; different opinions are both accepted and encouraged.