For med school and veterinary school you generally have to have a biochem, chem, or biology degree to apply for the program (and I know for vet you generally need more of the biochem type degree). The med people take the MCAT, like we take the LSAT. It seems like the "traditional background" degree is political science or a more general pre-law designation, such as pre-law/history, which are offered at most schools. Where I go to LS, most of the people seem to have polysci-like degrees.
Yes the name of your school matters, but if you are good at something people will notice. Steve Nash went to Santa Clara University, but he has won two MVP awards because he is good at basketball. Santa Clara is not a basketball school at ALL!
I will have to disagree with that a graduate from Cooley can standout the same way Kobe would in a pickup game. If someone from Cooley got a Witkin award in every single law school class they took, wrote articles in law reviews that were published in court opinions, won mock trial competitions across the country, and came to California and was allowed to argue motions in court while they were in law school (I don't if other states let you do that) and won every single motion they argued that would stand out the same way Kobe in a pickup game would.So that exceptional Cooley student would probably be hired over someone who finished at the bottom 25% of their class at Georgetown and did not have one internship while in law school.
All I am trying is that if you want to be a lawyer then go to law school because you have a 0 percent chance of being a lawyer unless you go to law school.
Quote from: bigs5068 on June 20, 2010, 01:13:27 PMAll I am trying is that if you want to be a lawyer then go to law school because you have a 0 percent chance of being a lawyer unless you go to law school. Why don't you add a caveat about the financial component? Doesn't the fact that you can't expect to make more than a certain income coming out of some schools limit the amount of money that one should be willing to pay for those schools?