IMPORTANT INFO I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN APPLYING TO LAW SCHOOL
People seem to put huge weight on the US News rank in determining where to attend. The reason is that many people think this is the best way to determine job prospects. As a 3L looking back, I would have used www.nalpdirectory.com
. While it pertains mainly to private firms, it gives a great sense of how law schools rank in the eyes of employers in general.
Check out the schools you're comparing. Look at how many NALP registered firms come to campus for interviews. Divide by the number of students in the average 1L class to get a feel for how your job prospects will be coming out of each school.
Hastings has 347 firms/offices come to campus & has 420/class
UC-Davis has 197 offices and 194 students (according to LSAC)
Santa Clara has 125 offices and 310 students
USF has 52 offices and 259 students
MCGeorge has 27 offices and 340 students
Stanford has 559 firms/offices for 173 students...
Thus it would not be wise, for example, to choose McGeorge over Santa Clara even though they are closely ranked, or to choose Santa Clara over Hastings or Davis.
Enjoy the proper evaluating tool! Your thoughts on this approach are welcomed. In fact I encourage them so that this post can stay in solid viewing and everyone can check out this method.
Go to: www.nalpdirectory.com
Click on "advanced search" and then subsequently scroll to the bottom of the page that comes up, inputting your school of choice.