How did you come up with an original list of law schools to apply to? In looking at interests and career plans, I'm sure everyone's lists would represent USNWR's rankings to some degree; I'm looking for schools where I'll be competitive. Focus on schools where you're above the median numbers? 75th? What's a good guide for starting out, and how exactly does one come up with a realistic list of schools?
3) reputationsure this matters, but USNWR is not the be-all end-all of reputation. You should have a rough idea of where you would like to practice (at least to start off) and apply to schools in that region.
I started at Yale and I went on down the list to Georgetown.