Updated: Apr 13, 2021
There is no law school that is right for everyone, but the trick is to find the law school that is right for you and your future endeavors.
Location, Location, Location
As for anything, geographic location is key! After all, that city and region will be where you’re likely to get the most clerkship, internship, and job offers over the next 3 to 5 years, so you better like the city.
Find Clinical Opportunities to Shape Your Law School Career
You should also take a deep look at what clinical opportunities are available at the school to see whether or not they suit your particular interest. It would be great to go to a top school, but it would be even more beneficial to go to one that had a focus that was in your area of interest.
Research Bar Passage & Employment Data for Every Prospective Law School
Another element to consider is the data that is found in the American Bar Association’s required 509 disclosures. That information includes acceptance rates for the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile LSAT scores and GPA scores. It shows average scholarship awards for each of those percentiles, and it shows the percentage of each minority group that attended the school and graduated. The ABA also provides data about employment numbers as well as bar passage rate. It’s important to consider how the school measures up with other schools in the region. A school that has a significantly lower average bar passage rates than other schools in the area means that the curriculum might not prepare you with the coursework that you see on the bar exam.
Apply to 6 Schools, But Only if You'd Accept their Offers
How many law schools should I apply to? It makes sense to apply to one, six, 12, or 18 schools. That’s because the LSAT CAS system charges $400 for one school application, but $600 for six applications. So, naturally, you want to get the most bang for your buck!
It’s important to keep track of how many law schools you’re applying to, where you’re applying, and all of the application requirements. With our system, we use a spreadsheet to keep track of all of your deadlines and all other requirements. We use Google Documents to work through all of the brainstorming, drafting, and editing of your statements.
Selecting the right schools, and the right number of schools is important.
At Ginsburg Admissions Consulting, our admission experts have a proven track record of helping you make this important and personal decision. Our admission consultants help students from diverse backgrounds gain acceptance to top-20 law schools every admissions cycle. Schedule your free consult today.