What is true, in my opinion, unfortunately, going to a highly ranked law school can be a huge financial (Note: Non-Educational) has an impact on your early legal career. That’s why I wrote Covert Tactics for getting into the law school of your choice. As I explain in this book, but even if you do not attend a highly ranked law school, you are not necessarily doomed to failure for the rest of your life to suffer financially and professionally. In fact, many times you well served, both educationally and economically by. At a lower rank of law school
But back to law school rankings. In addition to a number of studies suggesting that the underlying data ranking is inaccurate, because the schools try the real data scrambling to achieve a higher ranking, it is impossible to account for all ranking on all relevant factors, the given varies from individual to individual.
Another problem is that most of the evaluation is based at least in part on the subjective opinions of the people in the different schools. Of course, it will probably just reinforce the historical opinions regarding the “top tier” law schools such subjective opinions. Yes, when you look historically at these locations, you will find that it really does not change much over the years.
The reason why it is important that you understand the invalidity of the rankings, you should understand that the quality of legal education is probably almost as good, and in some ways could be better, at the University of Idaho, in contrary to Harvard.
Depending on who you are, you may be much better off, for a variety of reasons, participation is also a very low ranked school. This may be true, although the possibility of having a higher rank school.
For example, if your intention is to establish a small town practice in rural South Dakota immediately after law school, it may be unwise, Stanford Law School at the University of South Dakota School of Law participate.
Why? Let me give you three good reasons, but there are probably many more. First, you are not paid especially high in rural South Dakota, regardless of where you are right school attended. A graduate of Stanford Law‘ll likely either saddled with a high debt load or have a significant amount of your savings always used by the school. Although few law schools are cheap, you should carefully consider whether it is worthwhile to have expenses and an additional $ 100,000 to a fancy name on the wall.
Secondly, as a small town practitioner, you will be very dependent on relations with other lawyers, businesses and potential clients in general. Spending three years Palo Alto, far away from the center of your future universe, will do very little to develop these relations, law school rankings are largely meaningless.
Finally, education is not to be much better than the USD at Stanford. Believe me, the writing process, I have prepared myself for the inevitable barrage of criticism that will inevitably thrown my way. I say this with confidence, but because I know lawyers from various law schools and find a relatively uniform distribution of the idiots among alumni of the top 50 and bottom 50 schools. It really depends on what you are willing to put into it - not what they give you.
There are even some schools of law not by the American Bar Association, which may be in limited situations worth considering approved. Depending on what you want to do, and to practice the specific laws of the country where you intend, a non-ABA accredited school can be a valuable choice.
At the end of the day, you must be a wise choice you make to be happy for the rest of your life. Do not put a school on your list, just because it is a high-ranking law or fit a formula, or because you think it will look good on your resume.
Even if we find a cure for cancer in the next ten years, you are likely to live on this earth not more than 90 years. Do not waste 3.5% of it in the wrong place.