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How to Choose the Right Law School For You

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Get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school and more . . . There are over 250 different law schools in the US. Did you choose the right one? Are you choosing between law schools right now? Choosing the right law school can make all the difference when you graduate. Big firms have general rules based on the particular law school -- I should know, I've recruited lots of associates for big law positions. Your law school can make getting the right job easy or impossible. Sometimes it feels impossible to choose between different law schools. But, there are a few factors and a few general rules of thumb that you should take into account that make it easier. Taking these factors into consideration will help make sure you pick the law school that is right for you. Even if you've already chosen your law school, you'll find this video invaluable. You can confirm you made the right choice. And if you didn't you might consider transferring to the law school you should have chosen (transferring is an option if you have the grades!). By the end of this video you'll know the right law school for you. AND you'll learn about what it takes to get into Big Law from any law school in the country. ======================================================== If you want to learn to THINK LIKE A LAWYER and ACE YOUR NEXT EXAM, check out our LAW SCHOOL MASTERCLASS at https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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Delann N. Fraschetti (9 days ago)
Currently got my first acceptance and scholarship package, but I'm still waiting to see for my two top choices. This video helps, cause while financial aid is needed, I also should consider more the other two that are better ranked
JeFe (15 days ago)
I love this guy, but you sometimes have to wonder why he has 40 visible BIG books of laws meant to put YOU in jail. Why don't you pontificate on Admiralty Vs Common Law courts? Common Law is easy. It's Admiralty Law that creates "Law" careers and is predatory on those with meager means. You are going to law school for money, and you will be rewarded as such. but ask yourself at what cost? If all life is to you is money, then so be it.
mnoxman (20 days ago)
Lets be real hear. The likely hood that one of the many that are attending law school right now will have anything that sets a full precedent or they argue in front of SCOTUS is pretty slim. They will be setting business issues. Writing contracts. Filing divorce papers. Writing wills. They may even have a round at a criminal case or two depending on how the public defender system works in their jurisdiction. If your political you will start early and get a job at a contract city or county attorney's office in a rural area and you might be able to work your way to a large county area and then you might get to trial a big case or two. That might make your political career. However I'd argue that you didn't take up law for the sake of law. You took it up as a tool to further your political career. You don't need a top name law school to do that. You just need to hide exculpatory evidence on a high profile case. Your career will be less like Perry Mason and more like Saul Goodman.
Wanwarin Yensuk (21 days ago)
This video has helped me a lot. Thank you!!!
Nicholas Harp (1 month ago)
Do the grades actually matter, or is it the grades of your exams that matter?
박채영 - Rosé (9 days ago)
From what I've heard it's exams, but you obviously don't want to have bad grades, and if you are trying to be top of your class you would want good grades and good exams scores.
Alexander Gray (1 month ago)
How do we find the ABA's review and ranking of Law Schools? How do you navigate the site?
jackcullen69 (1 month ago)
Could you do a video on LLMs and the institutions offering them? In the jurisdiction where I practice, lawyers generally get LLMs so they can get into teaching at high-tier law school
Oskar (2 months ago)
The fact that we only have 7 law schools in sweden that are equally good AND free makes me proud of my country
Anne Reilley (2 months ago)
What if you are very talented, go to a mid level school to save costs, then when you go into practice at a small firm you do so well you get recognized and recruited by higher firms? It works in other fields, how about law?
Jacqueline Moleski (2 months ago)
Serious question: What types of law are there for attorneys who never want to set foot in a court room , ideally to work in Chicago. Oh, and do you think law school / being an attorney is a good second career choice?
Trikucian (2 months ago)
I'm not interested in Law, I just find this guy very attractive and funny. Is it bad that I want to see him in a swimsuit?
Hagen Ziegelitz (2 months ago)
fun fact, i can go to any law school here in germany and have the same chances of getting a "top job" as long as my grades are good. law school names dont matter.
Jackson (1 month ago)
Not when you‘re from Hamburg. 😂 There are differences.
jaqjaq101 (3 months ago)
I guess listening to these maybe law wouldn't be a good idea for me I'm interested in law but not as a full time career (I'm 25 and I still don't know what career I want to do)
Bob Mob (3 months ago)
UCLA isn't and has never been a T14 school (though I'm sure UCLA grads can get into big firms in LA).
jdkoz98 (3 months ago)
You showed Boston? What law school? Suffolk is not hard to get into but seems decently solid
Russell Dean Harris (3 months ago)
You are really filling their heads up right now. Big firms are not the business. You can make money in other ways. Law isnt about money. Money is about money. I really think people should think in terms of AAG, AUSA, or private practice.
To Release is To Resolve (2 months ago)
Law isn't about money? lol, except it is
AgainstAllOdds96 (3 months ago)
My choice of law school initially was based on pedigree/prestige after further consideration I'm hoping to apply to a law school with a small class size
Israel Campoverde (4 months ago)
I'm not intending to be a cynical critic but you were inaccurate with saying Yale, Harvard, and Stanford are always changing in the number one spot. Yale has been ranked the No. 1 law school EVERY single year for over the past two decades, by the U.S. News and World Report. Harvard and Stanford do change rankings from year to year for the No. 2 and No. 3 spots however. All that being said, I really enjoyed the video! Quality content, excellently articulated!
Sinslayr (4 months ago)
Can you do a video particularly on patenting law. It's something I'm trying to consider whether or not to go after and I just can't find enough information on it.
Lisa Adler (4 months ago)
Stanford has the best balance of everything.
Marcus Grantham (4 months ago)
Your channel is great and I really appreciate it
Kevin Johnson (4 months ago)
First, let me say I'm not a lawyer but I'm really enjoying your videos. Thank you. So I was having this conversation with a lawyer friend a few years ago. She went to Duke and worked in an established firm. I went to Baylor and I commented about Baylor's recent bar passage rate (in 2015 it was 100%). They are consistently the highest in that category. She said that's not really a good measure of a law school and I retorted "so is the bar exam not a good measure of legal knowledge?" You kind of addressed this in this video as Duke would be what you called a tier 1 school and Baylor would be a tier 2. But i never could get a straight answer from her as to why Duke was superior to Baylor and why this statistic was not really important. I was hopeful you might elaborate.
Rudder Gator (3 months ago)
Baylor! I was class of 92 with a business degree. Five of the best and worst years of my life. Sic em'!
Brian Fedorov (4 months ago)
Could you do a video on doing dual degrees, like an MBA or MPP, and LLMs or other certifications (dispute resolutions, tax, etc)? Many thanks. I need to decide if I should commit the time for the GRE.
Sariah Pereira (1 month ago)
yes please!! I am between a MPH and MHA and I would love to know more about what those curricula look like, how those programs differ from stand alone JD programs, etc.
Andrew Morgan (4 months ago)
I'm an undergraduate student in DC considering going to law school in the future (preferably in DC as well). I just wanted to thank you for all the great advice you and your team provide on this channel, I've already learned so many things about law school I probably would not have learned elsewhere. I already feel so much more informed! Thanks again and cross your fingers for me as I study for the LSAT!!
Andrew Morgan (4 months ago)
I was also wondering if you could perhaps do a video sometime about the most frequently seen JD specializations/areas of study (commercial, constitutional, international, criminal, environmental, etc). It would be nice to know some pros and cons of them!
Bree Conner (5 months ago)
This is such a tough decision. I have my AAS in Paralegal Studies & have state certified, and now I am finishing my BA in Legal Studies. I have a year before I have to start applying and I cannot decide. I’m hoping to apply to several, and see what my best option is at that point based on finances. Good video!
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Good luck!
Fay F (5 months ago)
I've just discovered your channel.You're doing some great work here. I want to study in a law school in Europe because I live in a European country and I have to consider the financial part too. It would be very helpful to me If you could recommend some universities to check out.I just need the lessons to be in English or in French.Also, do you know if a European student can take a scholarship from an American university easily?
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
I don't know the answer to that one. I know that students who have a law degree from most foreign countries can get an LLM in the US and then practice here.
Marcos Corona (5 months ago)
Can you elaborate on transferring between law schools? Love your videos btw!!
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
That's a good idea. I should do a whole video on that.
Oriana De La Cruz (6 months ago)
Amazing how I realized I didn't want to be a doctor but a lawyer from one day to another. I have been watching your videos non stop. Thank you for this!!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Cool, thanks for watching.
Anton Catalin (6 months ago)
I am 26 in 2 weeks,made a lot of bad choices so far A LOT,but i really fell atracted to this profession,i will 100% join law school this year,tho do you think age should be an impediment or it s just a stupid thing in my head?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
26 is not old for a law student at all. Probably average.
yuuswho (6 months ago)
Hi LegalEagle, I am considering attending law school as many people growing up have told me it would fit my personality well. Their reasons are that I excel in public speaking and writing. However, my research has shown me that most lawyers don't spend much time in a courtroom, and the job is instead mostly about being detail-oriented and knowing how to apply the law to certain situations. I could see myself as a prosecutor or a public defender, and they seem to spend all their time in court, but salaries are lower than most other attorneys and I wonder if the debt from school would make it worth it. Do you think law school is still a good fit for someone like me?
yuuswho (4 months ago)
And also why did you choose to be a lawyer if you don't mind me asking? If you didn't like arguing
yuuswho (4 months ago)
What would you say is the most important trait then for enjoying and excelling at a career in law? Fastidiousness?
Ermac97 (4 months ago)
My suggestion would be for you to not be swayed by the cliche; "you'd be a great lawyer because you like to argue." Before law school, I was a very reserved person, introverted to be exact, so if we were going off of the statement mentioned above, law school should have been my last choice as a career. Nevertheless, I knew since I was very young that I wanted to be a lawyer. Throughout the three years, I become more at ease with public speaking and socializing (networking), so much so that I don't recognize myself from before law school. As LegalEagle said, only you can know if you want to be a lawyer. Don't let others influence your decision, simply because of a couple conversations they may have had with you as opposed to you realizing that the decision to become a lawyer will affect your whole life.
yuuswho (6 months ago)
Thank you very much for your quick response! For me personally, I don't know if I absolutely must be an attorney, I could see myself doing other things, but I could see myself doing it. Does anyone who pursues law school feel this way and wind up liking it?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Even prosecutors and PDs spend the majority of their time outside of court. They definitely spend more time in court than most lawyers, but it's still a minority of their time. All lawyers spend most of their time writing and researching. Only you can make the call if it's worth it. If you MUST be an attorney, then it could be worth it. It was for me.
Jake Howell (6 months ago)
Hey James, I've noticed that you mentioned both entertainment law in this video and being a member of the entertainment law journal in law school at UCLA. I too am interested in entertainment law which is why I chose to start my 1L year this upcoming August at USC Gould. Is entertainment law the field that you currently practice in?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
That's unfortunate that you're going to USC (kidding). I do a little entertainment work; mainly as a side effect litigating copyrights and trademarks in the LA area.
Emily Odermatt (6 months ago)
What's your take on the schools that have additional classes for all their students above and beyond the ABA requirements (like St. John's which requires you to pick 4/5 institutionally required courses or some schools like Fordham which require Corporations) and those schools like Yale or Georgetown which don't require you to take all the ABA required classes, like not having to take Property?
Emily Odermatt (6 months ago)
Explain, please, why not. Is it just strong correlation that makes it look like the top ranked schools don't have to have such rigid degree requirements, and the regional schools like the aforementioned have to have stricter requirements for obtaining their degree? I'm thinking that part of the reason that higher ranked schools like Yale and Georgetown have "higher numbers" is that their students have flexibility in their class selection, particularly 1L and 2L, where other law schools do not. Is the reason it isn't important is that the variety amongst the "institutionally required" classes and the variety amongst electives at the make-your-own-path schools is comparable? Also, why are some law schools just able to ignore some of the typical ABA classes?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Honestly, I wouldn't take it into consideration. Whether a school mandates a certain class or not isn't particularly important compared to things like ranking, financial aid, or location.
Angelo D'Ercole (6 months ago)
This is INCREDIBLY useful! You should also do a video on how to get into a highly ranked law school. Thank you!!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Glad you found it useful! Getting in to a top law school would be a pretty short video: get a high LSAT score.
jewels oo (6 months ago)
I'm thinking of law school but I am not sure. I am also considering Human Resources/MBA.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Cool. Good luck with the decision. Hope the videos help.
Maria Beaulieu (6 months ago)
I really appreciate this video and many others by you! I was wondering to what degree does attending a lower ranked undergraduate university have a negative effect on your law school application? Would a GPA of 3.63 from the University of Maine not be considered for it's full value because of the universities overall low rank? Do you know how frequently students from lower ranked undergraduate schools get into top tier law schools? This is assuming those students have high LSAT scores and other strong application materials. Thanks for your help!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
The university doesn't matter very much. In terms of importance on a law school application, my ballpark would be: 75% LSAT, 20% GPA, 5% everything else.
S Raen (6 months ago)
I like that you are honest.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Always! Some one needs to tell it like it is.
Traumatix685 (6 months ago)
Oh my god, if you've seen Silicon Valley, doesn't the host remind you of a younger version of Pete Monohan, the litigator for Pied Piper in Season 2 but without the legal and ethics violations of course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmC1pwslFJc And of course, the laywer character is amazing and funny as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojlNfpsiljk And of course, he goes back to prison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-bWTlIQChc And this is him informing Dinesh of the grave violation of Children's Privacy and Protection act once he got out of the joint (ironic of the character): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5QUZMNLT3M
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
I have also handled arbitrations in the state of California and have been accused of violating the Mann Act (not proven).
Sean Barnhill (6 months ago)
My goal is to work in political government affairs law.... so would it be better for me to try to attend a top ranking law school Or regional?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
You'll see some regional schools in regional offices (like local state government). Top law schools will dominate the white shoe firms in Washington, though.
Dong Quy (6 months ago)
I enjoy watching all your videos regarding the law school. But it would be great if you could do a video talk about how to prepare the LSAT? Since the LSAT is the most important factor that most law school admissions weigh heavily on to determine who is a qualified candidate to their school.
Dong Quy (6 months ago)
LegalEagle Thank you for your advice. You are doing a great job.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
That is very true. We're experts in law school not the LSAT. We can show you how to get A's in law school, but others are better suited to explaining the tricks for the LSAT. I always recommend a live LSAT course and can personally vouch for BluePrint and Testmasters.
Teresa J.S. (6 months ago)
My choice for law school was a combination of specialty, location, and financial aid - in that order. I start my 1L in August, and I’m so excited!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Awesome. Glad I know what I'm talking about!
Coopy Cake (6 months ago)
Holy nuggets! Great information
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Thanks for watching!
charles jhovenel (6 months ago)
Would recommend to take the bar exam after we find an employer or just right after we get out of law school??
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
You graduate from law school in May and the bar exams are usually late in the summer. So always take the bar exam as early as possible. You'll either have a job that is contingent on passing the bar that summer or you'll need to pass the bar then find a job. Either way, take the bar right after graduating.
Hamza Ahmad (6 months ago)
what do you think about provisionally accredited law schools? I was admitted into UNTDallas which is provisionally accredited I want to go there because I am sure that I want to stay in Dallas as long as I can and the other advantage is that I will get out with 0 debt . Do you think I am doing the right thing or should pull the plug on the whole thing :) ? Will really appreciate your opinion and great job with your videos they are really helpful and enlightening... thxx
Teresa J.S. (6 months ago)
The tuition was a nice draw, as was only having to move from Houston to Dallas - rather than across the country. But the accreditation situation scared me off. I wasn’t willing to take the gamble. Texas A&M Law School is in Fort Worth, so that might be an option!
Hamza Ahmad (6 months ago)
LegalEagle thanks for replying.. I am not sure yet! Gotta stay in Dallas for family reasons too. So I guess Ill just risk it and see. Anyways, i wanna focus on pro bono cases, social justice and sort of stuff so I might get a chance! Lets hope with help from your video I can ace Law school and find a good job 😂 thanks and keep up the good work!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
It's a tough call. It depends on what you want to do with your law degree. No reputable firm is going to recruit someone from a provisionally accredited school. If you have a job lined up and just need the license, it might be ok. Hard to say.
Po Tato (6 months ago)
Im looking forward to attend law school after high school and Im quite torn against which job I would like to get into. Would it be possible if you could make a video about jobs you can get after attending law school?
Emily Odermatt (4 months ago)
IN THE UNITED STATES. In other countries, law can be a BA. Thank the ABA's 1969 decision for that....
AxelQC (4 months ago)
Law school is a graduate degree. You need a 4-year college degree to even apply.
Emily Odermatt (6 months ago)
In other countries, law is a BA. It was the same in the US until 1969, when the ABA made it a graduate degree.
janeth rebeca Gutierrez (6 months ago)
LegalEagle can you go to law school right after high school? I thought one of the 2 requirements was to have a BA.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
That is a great suggestion. I'll add that to the list!
StarWarsNerdy02 (6 months ago)
Really helpful video. I enjoyed watching it 👌🏽
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Glad it helped.
Marella Poe (6 months ago)
Hello! I'm from Asia and I got accepted into a law school in Australia. I wanted to apply in the US but I'm scared of the rampant racism in the country. Law schools in our country really focus on local laws and I want to be involved really on the international scene, so I applied in the University of Sydney. Do you think I should push for it? I really want to be a lawyer but I'm afraid of the cultural challenges and homesickness. What advice can you give? Also, my parents will be paying for the tuition, can you give me some advice on how I can help them, to lessen the financial burden? Thank you in advance! I really love your videos! I always watch it so I can prepare myself assuming I push through with law school abroad. <3
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
You can always become a US attorney after graduating from an Australian law school by getting an LLM from a US law school. But if you know that you want to practice in the US, it's easier to go directly to a US law school. Keep in mind that the media's portrayal of the US is largely sensational -- as with any country, the vast majority are good natured people. As far as lessening the financial burden, get a good LSAT score and get scholarships and financial aid. There are lots out there for top candidates.
grace of zainab (6 months ago)
This video is a Life saver. Thank you so much!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
safira jennyfers (6 months ago)
Amazing! Congratulations for the great job. I love your vid
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Thanks for watching!
Dani Gaming (6 months ago)
Very nice vid. This will help me :)
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Great to hear!

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