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jhandin

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WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« on: March 10, 2009, 05:27:09 PM »
What school offers the best as far as student interaction and social life, student organizations, and most importantly best job and salary prospects?

Hofstra
Southwestern
UC Irvine (new law school - risky, I know)
FSU

Thanks!
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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 05:31:56 PM »
where do you want to practice?

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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 05:33:25 PM »
where do you want to practice?


Does geographic location play that much of a factor?
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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009, 05:37:45 PM »
where do you want to practice?


Does geographic location play that much of a factor?

Outside of the top dozen or so schools, geography becomes pretty much the dominant factor.  My opinion, anyway.

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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 05:41:46 PM »
where do you want to practice?


Does geographic location play that much of a factor?

Absoulely, as CLS troll said, when you are not looking at the top schools, you need to attend school where you want to practice.

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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 05:45:32 PM »
where do you want to practice?


Does geographic location play that much of a factor?

Absoulely, as CLS troll said, when you are not looking at the top schools, you need to attend school where you want to practice.


Does that also apply to schools that don't really have a reputation yet.  For example, I want to practice in southern California, and right now I'm deciding between Southwestern and UC Irvine.  One of those is a lower-tier school and the other is just starting up, but has the potential to be great because of the UC brand.  What do you suggest in this situation?

Should I go to Hofstra because it's a better school?  Ot wait on those other schools because it's the location I want?
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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009, 05:58:15 PM »
Irvine if you want CA, but obviously FSU is the right choice. ;)
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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2009, 06:32:26 PM »
Irvine if you want CA, but obviously FSU is the right choice. ;)

That's what I don't get.  Why does it make a different what geographic location you go to school in?  If I go to a NY law school, it's THAT tough to get a job in California?  Please explain this to me.
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Re: WHAT LAW SCHOOL SHOULD I GO TO??? HELP!!
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2009, 06:35:30 PM »
Irvine if you want CA, but obviously FSU is the right choice. ;)

That's what I don't get.  Why does it make a different what geographic location you go to school in?  If I go to a NY law school, it's THAT tough to get a job in California?  Please explain this to me.

Alumni networks.  Opportunities to meet local lawyers.  Hofstra alumni, I would guess, are concentrated in the Long Island area.

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2009, 06:41:35 PM »
Irvine if you want CA, but obviously FSU is the right choice. ;)

That's what I don't get.  Why does it make a different what geographic location you go to school in?  If I go to a NY law school, it's THAT tough to get a job in California?  Please explain this to me.

Alumni networks.  Opportunities to meet local lawyers.  Hofstra alumni, I would guess, are concentrated in the Long Island area.

Gotcha.  However, would it be prudent to go to lower-ranked schools like Southwestern or UC Irvine over Hofstra just because it's in California?  Aren't job prospects better if you go to the better school?  (Sorry if I sound so green, but I haven't posted on here since before I took the LSAT)
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