Thanks. i want to be a legal aid attorney. I'd love to work for our Legal Aid organization but I've also considered opening my own practice and specializing in public benefits,if that's possible.
I'm applying to Univ of Iowa and Drake,I'm an Iowa resident. I'm also applying to schools in Mo, IL and Mn. I want to stay in Iowa.
Thanks for ur input.
In that case, I suggest talking to some folks at organizations you would like to work for. Ask them about their hiring criteria and job opportunities. I suspect you will find that they vary significantly from group to group. "Legal aid" is a broad term. As to opening your own practice in public benefits - that will be challenging. "Public benefits" work (another broad term) is mostly non-profit/pro-bono, and legal aid organizations get by mostly on government/charity support.
... which leads to the law school issue. If you plan a career in legal aid/public benefits, you are unlikely to make much more money than your clients. As a result (unless you have other sources of money), you will need to attend a law school that either (a) is very inexpensive, or (b) offers excellent financial aid/loan forgiveness for public benefit careers.
But do be sure that public benefits work is what you want to do. A law school choice that might serve you well at the Des Moines legal aid society could drastically limit your career options should you change your mind.
Either way, good luck. The world needs public-minded attorneys.