What law school should I attend? Is there a difference?
For many people, the landscape of career opportunities after graduating from college is confusing, large, and overwhelming. Many find that they need more training and specialization even if they don’t quite know the field of work they ultimately see themselves working in. A law degree is an amazingly powerful, flexible, and rigorous choice of study that often rewards someone greatly over his or her life.
Choosing what law schools to attend is a difficult choice, and ultimately comes down to a numbers of factors. Although it may seem like each law school is alike in the course of study, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like colleges, law schools have specialties and areas of focus. For instance, the Yale School of Law is renowned for its legal scholarship and many graduates go onto to clerk for judges and teach law themselves. New York University’s law school is known for its international approach and many graduates find themselves working overseas or on transnational legal issues.
Similarly to colleges, reputation is a big part of what makes a law school appealing. According the most recent rankings in US News, the top ten rated law schools in order are: Yale University, Stanford University, Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, New York University, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, and University of Michigan. While these are all amazing and desirable law schools they are certainly not the only ones out there. Specifically in New York City, in addition to Columbia and NYU, Fordham, Brooklyn Law, and Cardozo all offer top- flight legal educations.
When it comes down to choosing a law school research hard, find the focus of the schools you are interested in, and then study hard for your LSATS. Reach as high as you can, but always remember that a wonderful legal education waits for you no matter what.