Students at CSU (with good grades) can work anywhere they want in the Cleveland area. The alumni base is large and they take care of their own. Outside of Northeast Ohio, I'm not sure they place very well.
There seems to be a consensus that ohio state is a better law school than case western. Why is this?
because this is what a magazine has told us to think.
osu has a higher ranking and better nationwide name recognition.
osu probably has more firms recruiting on campus.I am trying to decide b/w the two schools. Even if osu is the better school would i be better off going to case ie: greater chance to make law review?
conventional wisdom says to go to the best school you can get into.
it also says never to assume it will be easier to do well at a lower ranked school.
assume you will do average at either school. which would give you the better options? the higher ranked school.
now, with that out of the way, osu and case aren't too far apart. looking them up on nalp, case has 95 OCI employers and osu has 108 (realizing that nalp is never 100% accurate, they are approximately the same). other factors very well might push one over the other. would you rather be in columbus or cleveland? does one of the schools have better professors or course options in an area of law that interests you?
Seems like a risk to retake the LSAT. You may not do a lot better than you did the first time. And unless you do a lot better, I don't think it would help all that much.
If you like Case, then you should go to Case now. No point in making yourself a better law school applicant if you're in at a school that you'd be happy going to.
Publication can help, no doubt. If you combine publication with a higher LSAT score, you'd probably be looking at a whole new set of schools. Depends on what you're looking for; depends on what you want to do with a law degree. I think most people would recommend that you wait til next year... study and retake the LSAT... co-author the prestigious paper... and then go to LS.
THE Ohio State University my ass. WTF. Those OSU people and their THE.