Law schools vary greatly in their ability to educate and position you to compete for jobs.

The first step to finding the right program is to determine which schools will most effectively facilitate achieving your goals.

The second step is to build your target list, categorizing schools into 3 groups:

  1. Comfort zone
  2. Stretch schools
  3. Fall-back schools

Start to narrow down the list using the following factors:

  • Do you need/want a national, regional or local law school?
  • Location
  • Cost; legal residency issues for in-state tuition
  • School reputation
  • Quality of teaching
  • Style and culture of the law school
  • Racial and gender diversity within faculty and student body
  • Religious affiliation
  • Size of first-year class
  • Student satisfaction with the law school
  • Part-time enrollment option (if needed)
  • Breadth of curriculum
  • Specialized areas of faculty expertise
  • Learning opportunities with faculty
  • Faculty accessibility
  • Law library strengths and services
  • Quality of legal writing instruction
  • Commitment to innovative technology
  • Public interest programs
  • Interdisciplinary programs
  • International study opportunities
  • Employment/internship options during school
  • Breadth and support of law school alumni network
  • Loan repayment assistance for low-income lawyers

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