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.
Umm...what IU are we talking about? I ask because you say ranked around fifty IU-Bloomington was ranked 36th in the 2009 rankings and IU-Indianapolis was ranked 68th so they both had about the same proximity to 50 in 2009.Anyways if it's IUB I would probably side with IUB and if its IUI I would lean towards Toledo.
For the last few years, I have interviewed quite a lot of people for jobs (both by myself and with others). I would argue that the prestige of the school was, in fact, the LEAST important criterion on the resume, and a resume only gets you in the door for an interview. Hiring lawyers might be different than hiring people with just a bachelor's or master's degree, but I don't think someone's school was even the most important aspect of education we looked at; I think how tough your major was (did you study physics or sociology?) and your GPA were more important. Why? The world is full of people who, for perfectly valid reasons, choose a less-prestigious school and are perfectly competent at what they do. I won't say that an Ivy-league education doesn't look impressive, but I'd still interview the guy from Virginia Tech if he's qualified just the same.More importantly, your resume just gets you an interview; the interview is really what matters for getting the job. In fact, I don't ever remember a case where the prestige of the school was even considered in the final decision.I'm sure someone will rabidly dispute this all day, but this is honestly the way things work in most lines of work.