The time is nearing, and I am thinking of my options for grad school. What do you think I should look for in a good law school? What did you look for? How did you decide what type of law you wanted to study?

Any help would be very appreciated, thanks.

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i went to law school. i've been practicing for nearly 6 years. i would really really caution against going to law school right now unless you truly have a passion for it and/or the cost isn't a concern. in terms of the cost, it's very expensive and most people come out of law school in a lot of debt. $60K-$100K debt for law school alone in pretty normal. if you're thinking, well that's okay because i'm going to be making a lot of money, i would again warn you that it's not always the case. it's a very small percentage (top 5%) of people who land jobs at the big firms right out of law school, especially now. many of the big firms shut down for good and the ones that stayed afloat were unable to follow through on their offers to new grads. so keep that in mind. (i personally don't practice corporate law. public interest! it doesn't pay a lot, but it's very rewarding.)

if the money isn't a concern, then i would also consider the amount of time and energy it takes to get through law school. it's pretty grueling and if you don't love it, you probably won't last.

that said, if you are really passionate about law, i would take into account where you plan to practice. it's good to make contacts in the city in which you'll later be seeking a job. and then of course you have to look at the rankings. as lame as it is, many employers want you to come from a top tiered law school or they won't even consider you. i would also try to find out from alumni what their experiences have been in terms of the career center and the day-to-day interactions with professors. it's great if the professors are really accessible and as a practical matter, the career center can be very helpful later when you're looking for work.

As for figuring out what type of law you're interested in, it's something that you'll probably discover while you're in law school. I would suggest doing internships and participating in clinics to get some hands on experience in the areas you have an interest in. Ideally, I would recommend working in a law office before you go to law school to see what it's all about. Many many lawyers stop practicing after about 5 years. It's very common. A lot of people don't like it once they start practicing, so I would give it a lot of thought before applying.

Good luck!!
Sorry I can't be more helpful, but don't f****** do it man. Really.

Good law school? No idea, I f***** around in undergrad so I was lucky to get into an accredited school at all. I didn't choose my field either; when I passed the bar exam i was willing to work as hard as I could for anyone that would hire me, and a workers' comp firm ended up hiring me. I have been in that field ever since. It pays the bills but I am certainly not passionate about it, and I am OK with that. But really, the legal field has a very low satisfaction rate so think about it hard.
if you really don't care, I'd suggest Tax law...because Rich people always need good tax lawyers
g, you're quite a charismatic dude... might i suggest entertainment law? helping artist break off recording contracts or getting lindsey lohan off the hook...
...but if you insist, you may want to look into intellectual property areas (copyright, trademark, patent if you have a science or engineering background)

It was my specialty DURING law school, and my best bud from college does trademark stuff in Washington D.C and has about the cushiest job you can get. He's happy.
How about The Law School of Howard Zinn?
Thanks everyone, this is certainly a lot to think over. I've given a lot of through through the years and was looking to keep my options open (since options for Political Science/Writing students are very limited). I'm pretty sure I can get into a top tier law school, and the cost of law school is only half of a concern. I am well aware of lawyers being dissatisfied with their jobs, and if I were to go to law school it would most likely be under intellectual property- I saw a sweet History Channel documentary on the Library of Congress and it seemed like a fun job.

If it seems like something I wouldn't enjoy, I won't give it a go. The last thing I want is to hate my job and possibly my life.
Good man.

OnlyinPinkerton said:
Thanks everyone, this is certainly a lot to think over. I've given a lot of through through the years and was looking to keep my options open (since options for Political Science/Writing students are very limited). I'm pretty sure I can get into a top tier law school, and the cost of law school is only half of a concern. I am well aware of lawyers being dissatisfied with their jobs, and if I were to go to law school it would most likely be under intellectual property- I saw a sweet History Channel documentary on the Library of Congress and it seemed like a fun job.

If it seems like something I wouldn't enjoy, I won't give it a go. The last thing I want is to hate my job and possibly my life.
I thought about going to law school to eventually pursue Entertainment Law. I got as far as taking the LSATs and getting my recommendations in. I ultimately decided that I really didn't want to go to law school and thought that I'd try to get into working in the music industry without having a law degree.

I don't really think anyone here can tell you what to do or not do or what is important for you. First I guess most important would be to choose a locale, how far are you willing to go. How much is it going to cost? How does the admissions statistics compare to your LSAT/GPA?

A lot of people are going to grad school or law school now because the economy is still rough, if you have a passion for law and really want to practice it, go for it! good luck :)

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