Studying a Law School

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  1. Dave! says:

    Those are all good points, but the order is a bit off…

    I would move the “fifth” point to number 1. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will give you a better feel for the school than wandering around and talking to some current students. Mix it up, too… talk to some 1Ls and some 3Ls. And don’t talk to the “guides” or “ambassadors” who the admissions office will foist on you, they may be nice, but they are also not (generally) representative of the *average* student at a school.

    I’d also say that the “third” point is quaint and should be at the bottom of the list. Unless you intend to be an academic, you will do virtually no research in the library. WestLaw and Lexis will be your new best friends. And unless your school is in the stone age, they’ll have a ton of other on-line databases you’ll use to find other stuff. Yeah, you’ll use the library a few times–usually on legal writing assignments that require you to look at “Legal Periodicals In Print” or some other such nonsense. But realistically, you’ll use the library as a place to park your butt and work on your laptop, but not a whole lotta time looking at the collection.

  2. Michael D. Cicchini says:

    “Dave!” is right, the library is next to useless. It’s a tremendous waste of space and unless you want to, you won’t have to spend much time in it at all, even if you’re on law review. Also, the school’s placement services might be nice, but the biggest factors in getting a job will be your class rank and, if you’re looking to work outside of your school’s immediate area, the school’s US News rank. Finally, don’t forget the net cost of tuition, or projected debt load. If you get a substantial scholarship somewhere, you can certainly live with fewer volumes in the library or fewer student organizations. Remember to think beyond the 3 years of law school.

  3. RMCACE says:

    The goal of law school is two-fold: 1) Graduate & 2) get employed. Having fun, enjoying law school, and yes, even learning fall after those two key goals. With those primary goals in mind, look for a law school that you can tolerate being at for three years so you will work enough and be happy enough to complete the degree. After that, choose the highest ranked law school you can. That is all that matters for employment.

  4. MConrad says:

    While I agree with what was said, I think the most important criteria for choosing a law school is job placement. When speaking with students, that is the first question one should ask. So, if an editor of the law review tells an applicant that he/she does not have job offers from major firm or governmental agencies, that should be a red flag. If students are not happy with the school’s administration, that should be another red flag. Folks, law school is a grinding experience and after investing three or four years and six figures worth of tuition, one does not want to come out unemployed or underemployed, especially due to difficulties with job placement.

  5. tim says:

    I agree…study the school. However, sometimes studying the law school is not good enough. Law schools seem to think they are above the law. They think they can do whatever benefits them. Oklahoma City is tops the list for thinking it is “above the law.” This school has serious issues and really needs to be looked into by the ABA and other organizations.

  6. tim says:

    I agree…study the school. However, sometimes studying the law school is not good enough. Law schools seem to think they are above the law. They think they can do whatever benefits them. Oklahoma City is tops the list for thinking it is “above the law.” This school has serious issues and really needs to be looked into by the ABA and other organizations.