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What sort of specialties are you considering?  If it's relative to your specialty, say criminal law, then I would consider it, but I would still take jack24's advice and call schools where you're not 't applying to  see if you can get their opinion.

Strong advise from Roald.  Too often law school applicants  chose a slightly higher ranked school for the ranking alone without considering the factors he's listed above.

Strong advise from Roald.  Too often law school applicants  chose a slightly higher ranked school for the ranking alone without considering the factors he's listed above.

I believe job placement is only one of many factors that go into the rankings.  I also believe that if those other factors improve a schools rankings over the years, eventually their job placement will improve as well.  If you're trying to decide between a school in the upper half of tier 1 and one that's way down on the rankings in tier 2, ranking would definitely be important in job placement.  If the two schools are just a few apart in the rankings, probably not.  It's really common sense.

Job Search / Re: undergrad - does it factor in at all?
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:49:35 PM »
Generally, your undergraduate degree would be less important.  However, Ivy League schools always make an impression - they're not just names, they're century-old brands that mean a great deal both to people who attended those schools and people who didn't make the cut.  That said, I think your fellow alumni would be the most likely to hire you because of your shared undergraduate alma mater. 

Job Search / Re: lacking confidence
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:37:57 PM »
It's probably true that if they feel you're not doing a good job, they'll let you know.  It's possible that part of the reason that you feel so insecure and nervous is that the other people around you, being partners, have a much better handle on what they're doing and are therefore more confident than someone who's just starting out.  If they say you're doing "good/great" work, take note of why they may have classified it that way, and believe them!  If they tell you there are areas where you can improve, work on that.  If you stay on top of your game, you should have less reason to feel insecure. 

Job Search / Re: Small Town Firm-Should I?
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:23:01 PM »
Bigs5068's advice was very sound.  (Almost) never turn down an interview - it's always a good opportunity to practice.  Plus, you never know that you won't get there, see the town, the firm, meet the people, and realize it's a perfect fit for you.  Either way, it's a win-win.  If you hate it, you've gained interview practice that will allow you to perform even better next time you get called into a firm.

Job Search / Re: Interview Questions
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:17:39 PM »
If they ask you where you want to be in the next five years and you honestly have no idea, you have two options.  You could tell them the truth, ("I have no idea.") which is generally not recommended, or you can try and think about what they want you to say (by doing some research on the company and what the typical career routes are of their employees), and really own it.  Ultimately though, I would  try to use this job-search process as a time for you to search out what you really do want to do.  Did you have a concentration?  Try to narrow it down from there.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Entertainment/Media Law Schools
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:11:53 PM »
It seems like being able to take these specific classes is important to you.  However, I would point out that many of those in entertainment law picked up that specialty through their law school internship - which is really the best way to network and insure yourself a job when you're done with law school.  Also, being near one of the entertainment city hubs may be the most important thing to consider.

Law School Admissions / Re: Character and Fitness
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:03:22 PM »
It would probably be more likely to hurt you at Pepperdine, which is a dry campus, and LMU (assuming that's the Loyola you're talking about) than at the others.  Those schools are more conservative and therefore more likely to decline a student with an alcohol related write up.

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