I'm looking at starting this fall at law school, looking towards a career in public interest law. Specifically looking at hepling children's and families in poverty as child/poverty advocate. Whether this happens at a nonprofit, a government agency, or somewhere else has yet to be seen. I have no desire for "Big Law." I've been accepted to a few schools (and rejected from a good number of others).
What are your thoughts on my choices keeping these things in mind.
1. I want to go to the BEST school possible.
2. Since making money is not my biggest concern, a school with a good LRAP would be a good fit.
3. If possible, I'd like to stay close to the east coast (NJ) as I have an ill mother. Would probably prefer to practice somewhere in the northeast from NY down to Washington DC area. I wouldn't mind branching out a bit, but I don't want to practice 8 hours from where I grew up. I currently live in PA.
4. I want the school with the best track record/program in public interest.
5. I wouldn't mind a judicial clerkship after graduation.
6. I want to work hard and have a job soon after graduating.
Now- Here's my current offers:
University of Illionis (with 11k scholly)
Notre Dame (20k scholly)
Washington and Lee (20k scholly)
U Maryland (no scholly...yet?)
American (no scholly...yet?)
Penn State (15k scholly)
I appreciate your help. If I could hear some of your thoughts on your vote, that would be terrific as well. (And you'll notice "Retake or don't go" isn't a current option...