I am currently trying to decide between two law schools. I am from Ohio. I got in to Indiana University and also University of Toledo. I received a full ride at Toledo. I only received about 5,000 a year at indiana. Toledo is currently ranked as Tier 3. Indiana University is ranked in the top 50. My parents keep telling me that it doesn't matter what law school I go too. However, I think they just want me to go to toledo because I got a full ride there. I have visited both and actually like Indiana University better. Which law school should I choose? How much does ranking matter? Thanks.
Well, as a general rule, ranking should be "a" factor, but never the
factor. That said, you're really talking apples and oranges; IUB is superior...ABSOLUTELY SUPERIOR to Toledo, and not just b/c of ranking.
You should consider your goals, first and foremost. And, when two schools are that
far apart in prestige, (as law schools and universities), it should be a no-brainer.
But here are some other things to consider:
Location and the distance from loved ones.
The cross-disciplinary education you want to receive, the B-Schools, the other grad departments, and their relative rankings
Access to BigLaw, judicial clerkships, government jobs, and academia
Cost, "relative cost" and ROI.
Travel and study abroad options
The school and university culture(s) (conservative v. liberal, etc)
Amenities and facilities
Campus Diversity (if that's important to you)
The cities/access to cities and activities you like
Those are all personal decisions, but, in the end, I think you'll find IUB superior to Toledo.