So you’re considering going to law school. Congratulations! However, there are several things that you need to consider before submitting your application. The last thing you want to do is apply to a law school, get in, and not be able to go because you didn’t do adequate research. Below are some things that you should consider before applying to law school to pick the right one to suit you and your career aspirations.
Location is probably one of the most critical aspects of your research when looking at different law schools. You’ll want to pick a school that will have a drastic effect on the internships you apply for, the learning environment that you’ll have, the networking opportunities there are, and even your job prospects after graduation. Whether or not you can relocate for your JD will have a tremendous influence on where you go.
For example, Boston is an excellent place if you’d like to be in intellectual property law. New York City’s the place to be if you want to practice finance law, and Washington D.C. is the place to go if you’re going to be in politics.
The Student Profile
Law schools will publish median LSAT scores, GPAs, and other statistics of the admitted students. You’re going to want to take a look to see how well your academics stand up to them. If you fall below the average score, you will want to study and retake the LSATs. On the other hand, it can give you an average score to target if you haven’t taken them yet.
Cost and Financial Aid
Law school is a pricey investment, as you well know. You’re going to want to look more in-depth at the cost, not just at the price they advertise. You should be looking at the financial aid package given to you, the opportunities that may arise from the law school itself, and the area of law you want to practice, just to make sure you get the best Return of Investment possible.
You may be offered a handsome financial aid package for one school, but a more expensive school may give you better opportunities out of law school. However, looking at scholarship opportunities for your entire JD career is also incredibly important, as the awards may be subject to change after your first year. Things like tuition costs for a year, total expenses for one year, and overall program costs are also essential in your decision-making.