Choosing a Law School | Where do you Start?
Choosing a law school is much like choosing a baccalaureate college, asking the typical questions; do you qualify and is it a good fit. Take those two questions and add a few more and you may have a very good list of law schools.
Think about why you want to go to law school, to practice law, do research, because it sounds like a good idea; these are the key issues that will help guide you through the selection process.
What Type of Law do you Want to Study?
Well, there are a few disciplines to choose from, here are just a few: Constitutional law and patent law, Torts, Legal Writing, Federal litigation, Environmental law and public interest, Law and Ethics.
Your goal is to get a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Then you will need to pass the American Bar Association (ABA) examination. You can stop there if you never intend to practice law. If you do intend to practice, then you will also need to pursue licensure through the state in which you wish to practice law.
In What State Should I Choose a Law School?
The benefit to going to law school in the state that you intend to practice law is you will be knowledgeable of the laws specific to that state. You will have a network of fellow lawyers in that state.
Things to be Considered When Comparing Law Schools.
Bar Pass Rate, this refers to the number of students who pass the ABA Bar Exam the first time. This number is a good reflection of how effective the institution is at churning out lawyers, although it does not always indicate the quality of the educational experience. Other factors to consider are Student Faculty Ratio, Attrition, Employment after graduation, and Median GPA and LSAT scores. Generally speaking, a 3.6 GPA and 170 are good targets. It is all about a “good fit.”