Since I have been trying to make a decision on Syracuse and Albany and I have done quite a bit of research I must respond to you Counterpoint. (Just as a friendly discussion
It has been said many times on this board that Albany will hold more value locally and Syracuse is a better school for those looking to work elsewhere in country. This point has even caused me to reconsider my early decision to attend Albany. However, I am choosing Albany after all and this is why:
When I visited Albany I was pleased to see the available jobs posted in the career services office represented all regions of the country. I have also researched many of the employers that recruit at Albany and while many of the opportunities are in the Northeast and Washington DC, this is still evidence that Albany students find work outside the capital region. For a person like me who would be happiest in Boston, NYC or DC this is a strong pull factor.
Secondly, there is a major advantage to attending law school in the state capitol of the country's largest economy. This exposure to state politics, government and public policy is valuable regardless of the type of law a student plans to pursue. An attorney with this kind of experience will be armed with a unique perspective on inner workings of the legal system. Also, the fact that Albany law school is the only law school in the capitol region means there are wealth of opportunities available to Albany's students for the three years they are in school.
OKAY so....I am not hijacking the thread an getting off topic on why Albany is a good choice. I am merely pointing out that I have realized that the rankings only provide a snap shot of the law schools and it is impossible to get the big picture from some statistics in a magazine. Especially when you are comparing two schools from different tiers who are close in rankings.
Tis Another Day - I think you should go with your gut feeling and pick a school where you believe you
are most likely to succeed. No ranking can tell you which school will provide you with the best educational experience and meet your needs as a student. Each individual has different criteria as to what kind of educational environment they thrive in. At the end of the day you will be the person to determine your career by how hard you work and how much you achieve in the school you have chosen. I suspect you may already know which school is the right choice for you. Best of luck!