I just had the pleasure of finding another blogger who agrees about the importance of location in picking a law school: http://rubyredslipper.blogspot.com/2007/07/tips-on-choosing-law-school-1-location.html
I love her comments about the unimportance of rankings in making this decision. It’s so important to get the word out that people feel this way and I hope you’ll send lots of people to her article on it, and also to my posts about rankings and location.
Who Gets To Attend A Top Law School?
Perhaps if more people subscribe to this theory (with which I agree wholeheartedly), those 2nd and 3rd tier schools will get better because the better students will want to study in areas that are geographically right instead of just at the well known schools. This could lead to a wider distribution of teaching talent and higher quality legal education (and graduates) across the country, instead of being focused primarily on the coasts.
Get the word out, Ann!