Picking a Law School? Location, Location, Location
Thinking about where to apply to law school? Put the rankings aside. It’s all about location. Where do you want to live your life and practice law? If it’s Los Angeles, then pick Loyola over BU any day of the week. If it’s New York, why go to Indiana-Bloomington instead of Cardozo just because U.S. News says so?
There are so many flaws with ranking logic, that’s a topic for a different day. Of course, you don’t want to go to a 4th tier school when you could go to a top 20, but there are exceptions to this too (like scholarship money!). But, in general, trust local lawyers and law firms over U.S. News every time. You’ll want to work during your 2L and 3L years, and these are the jobs that will lead to your entry-level attorney job.
Don’t be a snob; think about where you want a job.
Ann Levine is the author of the best selling law school admission guide book: The Law School Admission Game and made admissions decisions at two ABA-approved law schools. In 2004 she founded Law School Expert and has helped thousands of applicants navigate the tough process to get into law school. She has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, US News, Above the Law, Blueprint Prep, and more.
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