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suffolk, louisville, nyls, ualr, loyola

suffolk, louisville, nyls, ualr, loyola
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:07:36 AM »

I am a paralegal who has been out of school for 3 years. Applied to law school and got in a few. Here are the choices.

Biglaw, likely not. Im ok without it. I dont mind moving, but I would prefer to come back and work in the Texas region. Interests--at least for now--are in International Law, Intellectual Property, and/or Immigration. Which one do you suggest, and why?

new york law school
univ arkansas little rock
loyola new orleans


Re: suffolk, louisville, nyls, ualr, loyola
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 11:44:40 AM »
Unfortunately, none of the schools you listed give you any substantial chance at getting back to Texas.  Most of them give you less than a 50% chance of securing full-time legal work anywhere, much less in TX:

Your best options by a mile are Louisville and UArk. However, the degrees won't travel outside their respective States, and those markets are very insular and wary of outsiders.  I would be hesitant attending either without ties to the area.

Do not attend Suffolk or NYLS under any circumstances, as their employment statistics are absolutely abysmal.

In general, the only reason you should attend any of these schools is if you can go for (basically) free.  Your total cost of attendance, including living expenses, fees, taxes, and projected tuition increases - should be under $60,000, since that is the maximum you can reasonably expect to make upon graduation.

Good luck.

Re: suffolk, louisville, nyls, ualr, loyola
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 01:33:14 PM »
If your goal is to practice in TX, you'd be much better off attending law school in TX. You should consider reapplying to TX schools.

Once you get away from nationally recognized law schools, the field becomes dominated by local institutions. It's very important to make local contacts, gain experience with the local court system, and work at local internships. If you're graduating from a lower tier school, you're going to have to market yourself based on experience rather than pedigree. Attending an out of state school will place you at a disadvantage when you return to practice.

Based on the schools you've listed, you'd probably have a shot at places like St. Mary's, TX Tech, TX Wesleyan, etc. If you're already working as a paralegal then you should know something about the TX market. Be realistic about the potential limitations of a lower tier degree, gain as much experience as possible, and you'll probably be alright.