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Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« on: August 05, 2007, 08:28:16 AM »
Any thoughts on a good T1 or T2 school for public interest?

I'm thinking about factors like clinical experiences/placement of grads/internships/LRAP/scholarship money given/reputation.  Location isn't an issue for me.

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Re: Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007, 12:11:26 PM »
I second AU for T2 schools.


For T1, NYU and Georgetown have incredibly strong clinical programs in PI, and their graduates are very well represented in PI firms in NY and DC, respectively.
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Re: Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007, 12:47:25 PM »
Wait, American (T1) or Arizona (T2)? 

...I'm assuming American

For location and opportunities, American.

If you have a regional tie and plan on remaining there, Arizona.
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Re: Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2007, 08:21:07 PM »
Any thoughts on a good T1 or T2 school for public interest?

I'm thinking about factors like clinical experiences/placement of grads/internships/LRAP/scholarship money given/reputation.  Location isn't an issue for me.

Your best bet is your local state university offering in-state tuition.  Pay as little as possible for that J.D., because public interest jobs do not pay well at all. 

For Pennsylvania residents, I generally recommend Temple.  Residents pay about half the tuition that other area law schools charge. 

Keep your debt low, so you can concentrate on working where you want to work, instead of working to pay high bills.

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Re: Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2007, 08:50:26 AM »
Outside brand name schools, combine:

1) Cheapest total COA (excluding LRAP, loans; only total cost after all grants).
2) Area you want to practice after graduation.

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Re: Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2007, 08:52:33 AM »
Maybe look at William and Mary

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Re: Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2007, 09:12:15 AM »
T1/T2 matters very little in this decision, unless you want to work in high-profile public interest, like the ACLU. As noted above, any state school where you can get instate tuition is good, any school where you want to practice that you can get mad ducats at is good.

The law school most well known for PI work is CUNY. Although it's not ranked high, if you're looking at T1/T2 schools, you'd likely get a full ride.

Check this out form the ABA: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/lawschools/

On USNews, check out the employment stats re: what percentage enter PI work.

Northeastern grads do a bunch of PI work--so do Temple and Rugters (more Newark than Camden)

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Re: Best Schools for Public Interest? (Please Don't Tell me HYS)
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2007, 09:56:41 AM »
Berkeley - school-wide culture of commitment to public interest causes, amazing clinical opportunities and course offerings, best LRAP program in the country.
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