How do I decide the specific schools to which I will apply?
There are a wide variety of factors to consider when deciding which schools to apply to. There are also a number of sources that can help you in determining which school is right for you. Here are a few topics that should be on your mind when deciding upon a law school in the future.
Items to consider when deciding upon a law school:
- Reach Schools - Dream School; 20% or less were accepted with your scores
- Target Schools - Your LSAT score and GPA are the median
- Safety Schools - 80% with your scores were accepted
*For more information, check out law school catalogs*
*Law school catalogs are also available for check-out through the PreLaw Program*
- What are the Admissions deadlines?
- Is the law school Accredited by the ABA and the AALS?
- What is their Bar Passage Rate?
Personal factors that may contribute to your choice may include:
- The composition of the students; i.e. race, gender, age stratification, etc...
- Average class size
- Curriculum options
- Part-time/evening/summer classes
*There are several law schools across the nation that offer part-time programs as well. This link breaks down the available programs by each state.*
- The cost of living in that community
Once you have refined your search to a specific law school; here are a few questions you should research. Understanding these will help you transition into the atmosphere of your respective law school.
- Opportunities for research and writing
- Regional/national job placement history/Starting salaries
- Internship/cooperative opportunities/clerkships
- Social/support organizations/guest speakers/symposia
- National or local reputation and noted faculty
- Private or state school
- Computer access, Technology used in the classroom
- Journal options/competitiveness
- Disability support/access
- Nightlife/Cultural opportunities
- Academic support system
- Job availability for spouse/Reasonably priced child care