Hi, so here's my story (which might be a good example of choosing a school based on a specific concentration vs. overall quality):I believe I would like to pursue a career in international law, but i'm not sure whether on the corporate/business side or the government/public interest side. I'm currently deciding between Chicago and NYU. My understanding (from rankings as well as speaking with lawyers) is that Chicago has a better academic/faculty reputation than NYU and would probably provide me with a better "fundamental" legal education. In addition, Chicago has provided me with a scholarship of about 45,000 (over three years). However, I'm also aware that NYU is also a great school and has one of the strongest international law departments in the nation. NYU has not offered me a scholarship. So, I'm wondering if I should pick the school (Chicago) that will give me a better "traditional" legal education (and some money) or the school (NYU) that excels in the specific area of law that I intend to practice in. Any help is greatly greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Don't let the zpops force you into debt. He did not get any money from NYU and would like you to share in his debt burden. Beware. By the way, I am very intimate with Chicago and know that it is the best law School after Yale.
Forget about the US News Ranking and check out the Leiter rankings which is fast replacing the US News ranking as the best source of ranking information on law schools. See these links and click on all the links to the left of the page.http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/bleiter/rankings/http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/bleiter/rankings/03_best_teachers.htmlThis is because the US News ranking of law schools is viewed by most law school Deans as fundamentally flawed, and they have condemned the methodologies used by them.
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