I have applied to law school for the fall of 2009. I want to pursue International Law, and practice in the government or nonprofit sector, such as NGO's like Amnesty International or Habitat for Humanity International.
I have been accepted into Penn State, Hofstra, Syracuse, New York Law, Duquesne, Rutgers-Camden and Pacific-McGeorge, and waitlisted at University of Pittsburgh, Villanova and American. I think I have it narrowed down to Rutgers and Pacific McGeorge.
I want to move to California after law school, and want to practice out there. I am also very interested in McGeorge's International Law program - that was ranked 17th in the country in 2007. However, nationally, Rutgers has a more solid reputation and name recognition. I would also be able to obtain internships in New York City, which is where the most opportunities would be in my field. I could also attempt to get internships in CA, as well as apply for visiting status for a semester at a CA law school. Rutgers would also allow me to choose any semester abroad program I wanted, as compared to Pacific McGeorge who has only certain ones to choose from.
Ideally, Pitt would be great, but if I can't get in there, is McGeorge a better choice than Rutgers? I have been told that the reputation for the International Law program is more important than the overall reputation of the law school itself, if I know I want to go into International Law. Is this true?
I'm sorry this is so lengthy, but if you could let me know what you think, I would really, really appreciate it!!!