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Decisions, decisions, decisions. At this point, it is probably safe to assume that you’ve taken our advice and have been accepted to several great law schools. Congratulations! Now comes the fun part--choosing which one to attend!
As we’ve discussed before, law school is a BIG decision. Students often hear the following advice when it comes to choosing a law school:
1 Follow the money: Students are being told that given the legal market and the increased expenses of attending law school (i.e. tuition, fees, housing, living expenses) it would be financially irresponsible to attend a law school that isn’t providing some sort of financial package or scholarship.
2 Climb the ladder to the top: The highest ranked schools open the most doors, so why attend a lower ranked school that will potentially leave you eating Ramen Noodles for the rest of your life? Those with this type of mentality tend to eat, sleep, and breath the law school ranking systems, the most popular being US News & World Report.
3 “Hometown Hero”: If you know that you want to practice in State X, your family is from State X, then you should go to law school in State X to build your network there.
While relevant, these should not be the only factors you consider. Take a hard look at what each school you’ve been admitted to has to offer. To help, this post provides a list of questions you might consider when making your acceptance decision.