If you’ve been reading my blog and/or participating in my recent webinars, you know how I feel about U.S. News and World Report’s ranking system and the extent to which it should be taken into account when picking a law school. You also know that the most important thing in choosing a law school is geographic location.
So what is not important to consider in picking a law school? Study Abroad Programs. These programs are marketed to you as potential students – “Come to X Law School and spend your summer in __(Country)___.” The little known secret is this: As long as you attend an ABA law school, you can pretty much participate in any other school’s summer abroad program. You don’t have to go to U. of Miami to go to London – anyone can go.
This is also good to remember when you’re making your personal statement relevant for each law school and trying to convince the admission committee how much you want to attend that particular school; a study abroad program is an unconvincing argument.