Determining where to apply to law school can be perplexing. Don’t make the mistake of focusing only on what you have to offer the law school. This can feed into unfounded anxiety about your GPAs or LSAT scores and make the law school selection process a nightmare.
Think about what matters most to you in a law school. Your criteria might include:
- Certain parts of the country
- Student demographics
- Tuition and cost of living
- Faculty and research
- Quality of teaching
- Student activities and satisfaction
- Career Center support and other resources for students
Make lists of schools that are most appealing based on these criteria. Then you might begin to look at how schools are rated and ranked. Visit web sites and look at placement data. With some of these considerations, your list is guaranteed to produce interesting options well beyond the schools you could and could not get into.
Resources for Your Search
- ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools Allows you to search schools by your GPA and LSAT score
- ABA Information Reports – Information reports on each law school
- Law School Transparency – Information on where students have obtained jobs after graduating from law schools
- The NAPLA/SAPLA Book of Law School Lists – Reference guide to law school academic programs, clinical programs, available scholarships, admission policies and other information.
- National Jurist – Pre-law quarterly magazine, provides information on rankings, employment trends, school updates and helpful advice
- LSAC Forums – Listings of opportunities to meet with law school Admissions staff face-to-face
- MAX Pre-Law