Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Oct. 30, 2007 Wall Street Law Journal Blog has another excellent article by AMIR EFRATI entitled "How to Cut Debt, Boost Job Prospects From Law School" His basic points are if your not in a top law school it will be difficult to land a high paying job and one should consider going to a state law school instead. He also mentions that students from lower ranked schools should consider transferring to higher ranked schools and that students should check out the placement office before they actually decide on a particular school.
All of this is good advice, but Amir left out something very important. Students need to visit the schools and kick the tires. Sit in a class if possible. Go to lunch and to the library. Speak with students on your own. You will find that most are happy to talk with you. You may even consider dropping in on a professor who teaches in a field of law that interests you.
Placement stats are important, but they are not everything. There are human factors such as cost, location and the ability to work part time.
The reality is that in most, if not all, fully ABA accredited law schools a student can get a legal education. Placement stats, location and reputation is what distinguishes the schools. I would put my students from St. John's and New York Law School up against a student at Harvard any day of the week. That student from Harvard may have better job opportunities, but that does not make him a better lawyer.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein