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Let's Have Fun: Your top 5 law school selection factors

Brazil020511Brazil020511 Alum Member
in General 429 karma

Some ideas may be but not limited to scholarships, location, course variety and/or student life. Mines are:
1. Scholarships
2. Prestige
3. Location (Urban area)
4. Career Services
5. Strong/close knit minority community

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  • LSATcantwinLSATcantwin Alum Member Sage
    13286 karma

    1.) Willingness to accept me
    2.) Programs
    3.) Ranking
    4.) Location
    5.) Yelp reviews (Just kidding)

  • AlexAlex Alum Member
    23929 karma

    @Brazil020511 said:
    Some ideas may be but not limited to scholarships, location, course variety and/or student life. Mines are:
    1. Scholarships
    2. Prestige
    3. Location (Urban area)
    4. Career Services
    5. Strong/close knit minority community

    This is an awesome thread idea!

    1. Prestige/US New's Ranking
    2. Location (East Coast metro areas/NYC)
    3. Employment
    4. $$$
    5. Preftige***
  • LastLSATLastLSAT Alum Member
    1028 karma

    1) Employment
    2) Clerkship placement
    3) Curricular offerings (interdisciplinary certificates, clinics, externship, etc.)
    4) Journal & research opportunities
    5) Reputation for future academic job placement

  • Eric25Eric25 Legacy Member
    720 karma

    1) strength of IP program
    2) prestige in general
    3) location
    4) how many yrs of student loan payments will it take
    5) repeat of number 4

  • TheMikeyTheMikey Alum Member
    4196 karma
    1. EmploymenTTTTT
    2. $$
    3. Clinics, programs, etc.
    4. Location
    5. Rankings, although I think this may go hand in hand with employment since better schools tend to have better employment numbers.
  • LCMama2017LCMama2017 Alum Member
    2134 karma

    @LSATcantwin said:
    1.) Willingness to accept me
    2.) Programs
    3.) Ranking
    4.) Location
    5.) Yelp reviews (Just kidding)

    You are hilarious... your no.1 is my no.1 : )

  • pioneer321pioneer321 Member
    edited January 2018 328 karma
    1. USNWR Ranking
    2. Scholarship (though kinda feels like this is inversely proportional to rankings)
    3. Clinics and programs
    4. Location (California >>> East Coast)
    5. Fit/feel (beer quality during bar review is a surprisingly important factor here)
  • westcoastbestcoastwestcoastbestcoast Alum Member
    3788 karma
    1. Acceptance
    2. Employment
    3. Scholarship
    4. Social life?? *probably not possible in 1L
  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma
    1. Scholarship
    2. Employment/bar passage stats
    3. Location/placement in areas I want to live (west coast, Chicago, maybe DC)
    4. "Prestige" (mostly because if it's in an area I don't want to live, I need to know that the degree will get my a job where I do want to be)
    5. Collegial atmosphere
  • JerryClarke242JerryClarke242 Alum Member
    edited January 2018 602 karma
    1. Willingness to accept me.
    2. Clinical Programs
    3. Graduate Employment Rate
    4. Location
  • scales_of_jscales_of_j Alum Member
    edited January 2018 82 karma
    1. Location (NE or along the Atlantic seaboard)
    2. Scholarship
    3. Employment rate
    4. Clinics/Programs
    5. Atmosphere-- not too snobbish or insulated, decent restaurant and bar scene
  • 1000001910000019 Alum Member
    3279 karma

    @estouten25 said:
    1) strength of IP program
    2) prestige in general
    3) location
    4) how many yrs of student loan payments will it take
    5) repeat of number 4

    Hey, not trying to tell you how to live your life but as someone going into a similar field I'd suggest you do some more search about the importance of the IP program of a school. From what I've been told by those who practice, being ranked #X in IP does you no good when you're out looking for a job.

  • TheMikeyTheMikey Alum Member
    4196 karma

    @westcoastbestcoast said:
    4. Social life?? *probably not possible in 1L

    definitely possible. most of the 1L's I know are drunk half the time, haha.

  • LastLSATLastLSAT Alum Member
    1028 karma

    @10000019 said:

    @estouten25 said:
    1) strength of IP program
    2) prestige in general
    3) location
    4) how many yrs of student loan payments will it take
    5) repeat of number 4

    Hey, not trying to tell you how to live your life but as someone going into a similar field I'd suggest you do some more search about the importance of the IP program of a school. From what I've been told by those who practice, being ranked #X in IP does you no good when you're out looking for a job.

    Well, considering that the top three IP programs are Berkeley, Stanford, & NYU, and that @estouten25 mentioned general prestige as a concern as well, I think he'll be fine!

  • Kermit750Kermit750 Alum Member
    edited January 2018 2124 karma
    1. Location( East Coast/West Coast)
    2. Bar Passage & Employment Stats
    3. Prestige
    4. Clinical/Experiential programs
    5. Student body diversity
  • lsatplaylistlsatplaylist Alum Member
    5244 karma

    -Getting accepted with a good offer
    -Location
    -High rank
    -Friendly, helpful, active alumni network
    -School has good relationship with local legal community and beyond

  • JPJ July2021JPJ July2021 Alum Member
    1532 karma

    1.) Prestige
    2.) Location
    3.) Employment & Bar Passage Stats
    4.) Overall vibe of school
    5.) Financial Aid

  • 1000001910000019 Alum Member
    3279 karma

    @BagelBiter said:

    @10000019 said:

    @estouten25 said:
    1) strength of IP program
    2) prestige in general
    3) location
    4) how many yrs of student loan payments will it take
    5) repeat of number 4

    Hey, not trying to tell you how to live your life but as someone going into a similar field I'd suggest you do some more search about the importance of the IP program of a school. From what I've been told by those who practice, being ranked #X in IP does you no good when you're out looking for a job.

    Well, considering that the top three IP programs are Berkeley, Stanford, & NYU, and that @estouten25 mentioned general prestige as a concern as well, I think he'll be fine!

    Look at some of the other schools in the top ten.

  • akistotleakistotle Member 🍌🍌
    9356 karma

    1.) Willingness to accept me
    2.) Programs/Clinics
    3.) Employment
    4.) Weather
    5.) Number of decent nearby sushi places

  • stepharizonastepharizona Alum Member
    3197 karma

    1) Scholarship with Acceptance/Fin Aid Package
    2) ABA Reports - Bar Passage/Grad Employment
    4) OCI Firms
    5) Clinics/Special Programs

    Must be within 45 min of major airport w/ direct flight to home city... so only applied to schools that fit this criteria first.

  • Seeking PerfectionSeeking Perfection Alum Member
    4423 karma

    1) Cost of Attendance (after scholarships, financial aid, interest on loans, and living expenses are factored in)

    2) Employment options with USNWR rank as a reasonable proxy within the Top 14.

    3) Schools PI related resources including career services connections and clinics.

    4) Location

    5) Personal fit (Is it pretty, can I see myself there, if I sat in on a class did I like it ect.)

  • Eric25Eric25 Legacy Member
    720 karma

    @10000019 said:

    @estouten25 said:
    1) strength of IP program
    2) prestige in general
    3) location
    4) how many yrs of student loan payments will it take
    5) repeat of number 4

    Hey, not trying to tell you how to live your life but as someone going into a similar field I'd suggest you do some more search about the importance of the IP program of a school. From what I've been told by those who practice, being ranked #X in IP does you no good when you're out looking for a job.

    Granted it always depends on the applicant, but I believe going to a high ranking school with little to no IP program would be in my opinion a terrible choice for my career. I personally have a few friends that have gone to Franklin-Pierce (New Hampshire), which is a low ranking school but has an excellent and prestigious IP program, and they've had no problem finding big-law jobs. It's all a matter of opinion but I'm not going to X law school just because they "rank" better than Y if their IP program is inferior. I'm going to a school that teaches the hell out of IP because that is what sets me up best for a career in it.

  • Adam HawksAdam Hawks Alum Member
    990 karma

    1.) Like Splitters
    2.) They like me
    3.) They want me
    4.) I like them
    5.) It's ok to fall in love on the first date

  • Brazil020511Brazil020511 Alum Member
    429 karma

    @"Adam Hawks" said:
    1.) Like Splitters
    2.) They like me
    3.) They want me
    4.) I like them
    5.) It's ok to fall in love on the first date

    You make me want to rethink my top 5. LOL

  • LCMama2017LCMama2017 Alum Member
    2134 karma

    @estouten25 said:

    @10000019 said:

    @estouten25 said:
    1) strength of IP program
    2) prestige in general
    3) location
    4) how many yrs of student loan payments will it take
    5) repeat of number 4

    Hey, not trying to tell you how to live your life but as someone going into a similar field I'd suggest you do some more search about the importance of the IP program of a school. From what I've been told by those who practice, being ranked #X in IP does you no good when you're out looking for a job.

    Granted it always depends on the applicant, but I believe going to a high ranking school with little to no IP program would be in my opinion a terrible choice for my career. I personally have a few friends that have gone to Franklin-Pierce (New Hampshire), which is a low ranking school but has an excellent and prestigious IP program, and they've had no problem finding big-law jobs. It's all a matter of opinion but I'm not going to X law school just because they "rank" better than Y if their IP program is inferior. I'm going to a school that teaches the hell out of IP because that is what sets me up best for a career in it.

    What is IP?

  • lsatplaylistlsatplaylist Alum Member
    edited January 2018 5244 karma

    Intellectual property--patent, trademark, copyright, and related topics.

  • tylerdschreur10tylerdschreur10 Alum Member
    1465 karma
    1. School mascot cuteness
    2. Arbys franchises per capita of the region
    3. Availability of bike rental or bike sharing program
    4. Dog friendly parks/beaches
    5. Weather, must be 50-75 degrees year round, non-negotiable

    Honorable mention: Famous alumni, not like legally speaking, but any YouTube personalities, models, or soap actors would be as plus.

  • TexAgAaronTexAgAaron Legacy Member
    1723 karma
    1. Money
    2. Employment %
    3. Location
    4. Prestige
  • ElleWoods77ElleWoods77 Alum Member
    edited January 2018 1184 karma

    1) Scholarships
    2) Location
    3) Friendly Environment and Alumni
    4) Prestige
    5) Employment

  • Accounts PlayableAccounts Playable Alum Sage
    3107 karma

    1.) Rank (YHS only)
    2.) Scholarship
    3.) Employment Outcomes (vary well could be my #2)

    4.) Location (Big gap between this and #3). I would prefer to be somewhere where it does not get below 65 degrees.

    5.) Community (another big gap; laregly don’t care about this)

  • Trust But VerifyTrust But Verify Alum Member
    427 karma

    1-5 debt

  • AlexAlex Alum Member
    23929 karma

    @TheMikey said:

    @westcoastbestcoast said:
    4. Social life?? *probably not possible in 1L

    definitely possible. most of the 1L's I know are drunk half the time, haha.

    Let's go to NYU/Columbia together and follow suit, haha.

  • westcoastbestcoastwestcoastbestcoast Alum Member
    3788 karma
    1. Retake. Jk haha
  • lTexlawzlTexlawz Member
    edited January 2018 277 karma

    My criteria is tougher for the schools.

    1) Good trial advocacy program
    2) Conservative like Baylor or SMU and sets high academic standards where you receive the best legal education possible.
    3) Friendly down to earth people who are not snobs that mentor you in becoming a good lawyer.
    4) Any school that is not in California because I don't want to be shook out of bed due to earthquakes and no schools up north where you freeze to death.
    5) No schools where they are located in states where the state is financially in trouble.
    6) Has to prepare you for the real world and has a high bar passage rate.
    7) Prepares you to handle hard judges and opposing counsel who is tough.

  • tringo335tringo335 Alum Member
    3674 karma

    1) Scholarship/Employment Numbers/Labor & Employment law ranking
    2) Labor & Employment ranking
    3) Prestige
    4) Location (diverse or urban area required)
    5) Campus/leadership environment

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @estouten25 said:

    @10000019 said:

    @estouten25 said:
    1) strength of IP program
    2) prestige in general
    3) location
    4) how many yrs of student loan payments will it take
    5) repeat of number 4

    Hey, not trying to tell you how to live your life but as someone going into a similar field I'd suggest you do some more search about the importance of the IP program of a school. From what I've been told by those who practice, being ranked #X in IP does you no good when you're out looking for a job.

    Granted it always depends on the applicant, but I believe going to a high ranking school with little to no IP program would be in my opinion a terrible choice for my career. I personally have a few friends that have gone to Franklin-Pierce (New Hampshire), which is a low ranking school but has an excellent and prestigious IP program, and they've had no problem finding big-law jobs. It's all a matter of opinion but I'm not going to X law school just because they "rank" better than Y if their IP program is inferior. I'm going to a school that teaches the hell out of IP because that is what sets me up best for a career in it.

    I think it all has to be balanced, but I can attest to schools like Southwestern, which overall is not great. But they have a fantastic entertainment/copyright program and I know extremely successful entertainment lawyers from there (and who've taught there). Sometimes just location matters a ton too - it's in the middle of LA which is a great place to be for entertainment, obviously. Similar with tech/IP, anything in the bay area or like UW being in Seattle is great for connections and internships. You don't want to shoot yourself in the foot by getting a subpar education, but sometimes the individual programs do count for a lot.

  • teamteamvicsterteamteamvicster Alum Member
    edited January 2018 774 karma
    1. Money money money. I would like to walk out without a bunch of debt
    2. Location (Columbia is nice but living in Manhattan is real pricey)
    3. Clinics, especially ones that lead to work abroad
    4. % employed after graduation
    5. Ranking-ish

    So basically....money/not being in tons of debt1-5?

  • Jonathan WangJonathan Wang Yearly Sage
    6137 karma

    Only in places like 7Sage would this exercise be considered "fun" :wink:

  • stepharizonastepharizona Alum Member
    3197 karma

    Lol have to update mine...

    My list is 100% accurate for applying but I should have considered cost of living!!!!

    Have a few great scholarships and found out how much an apartment is ?

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @tylerdschreur10 said:
    1. School mascot cuteness
    2. Arbys franchises per capita of the region
    3. Availability of bike rental or bike sharing program
    4. Dog friendly parks/beaches
    5. Weather, must be 50-75 degrees year round, non-negotiable

    Honorable mention: Famous alumni, not like legally speaking, but any YouTube personalities, models, or soap actors would be as plus.

    Missed this one earlier lol. So are you exclusively applying to University of Washington? Checks all the boxes except unfortunately Arby’s per capita. The APC is dismal in Seattle and I’m still bitter about the one that closed a few years ago. God I could use a roast beef with a jamocha milkshake right now. Bike sharing is off the charts though and we have lovely dog beaches. Also Anna Faris is an alum so, even got your bonus category.

  • LSATSurvivorLSATSurvivor Alum Member
    228 karma
    1. Location (Canada > U.S., East coast > West coast)
    2. Ranking
    3. Tuition
    4. Good clinical programs
    5. Food
  • tylerdschreur10tylerdschreur10 Alum Member
    1465 karma

    @"Leah M B" Maybe I should apply UW! I'm a little off-put by the reputation for rainfall tho. Is it as bad as everyone says?

  • Michael MaMichael Ma Alum Member
    186 karma
    1. COA
    2. Employment numbers
    3. Placement location
    4. Clinic/journal accessibility
    5. Culture/feel of campus.
  • SprinklesSprinkles Alum Member
    edited January 2018 11536 karma
    1. Location/Rank
    2. Bar pass/employment rate
    3. Scholarship
    4. Clinics
    5. Vibe of campus/professors

    Technically more than five but that's my list.

  • stormstorm Legacy Member
    261 karma

    1.scholarship
    2. rank
    3. clinics
    4. journals
    5. clerkship placement and overall career placement aid

  • MayraSARMayraSAR Legacy Member
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    @lsatplaylist I agree on your #5! Very important for me too

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @tylerdschreur10 said:
    @"Leah M B" Maybe I should apply UW! I'm a little off-put by the reputation for rainfall tho. Is it as bad as everyone says?

    Yes and no. Right now is the worst time of year. From January to at least April, it's very gray, rainy, and cold. Not gonna lie, I grew up in the Pacific NW, and around March or April every year I start to get pretty bad cabin fever.

    Summers make up for it though - crystal clear skies, 75 degrees, it's light until10pm. We have about 2-3 months of the most incredible weather on the planet and it's glorious. It's gorgeous and vibrant and feels like a block party all the time, everyone's outside as much as possible.

    In between those extremes, it's not so bad. The weather is just very fickle, alternates between sunny and light rain, generally pretty mild.

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