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Selecting a Law School

Deciding where you apply to law school can be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make. Your undergraduate GPA and LSAT score may limit your choices, perhaps significantly. Even so, there are more than 200 law schools in the United States, most of them ABA-approved, which means you have plenty from which to choose. In addition to your GPA and LSAT score, here are a number of factors you may want to consider in deciding where to apply:

  • Whether you can move to attend law school someplace other than where you now live;
  • The overall cost of living and quality of life in the cities where you might apply;
  • The availability of financial aid and work study programs;
  • The quality of life at the different law schools themselves;
  • The degree of competitiveness among students;
  • The number of law journals, legal clinics, and other extracurricular activities available to supplement classroom experience;
  • The quality of the faculty, including student-faculty ratios, and minority and female representation on the faculty;
  • The diversity of the student population;
  • The quality of the physical facilities, including the library, and access to facilities like courts; and
  • Information about graduates, such as bar exam pass rates, and placement and starting salary information.

This listing is not exhaustive; there may be other issues that you want to check out. The point is simply that your law school investigation process should be designed to answer the questions that are most important to you. All of the above information is available somewhere. You just have to dig until you find it.

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