I graduated from law school over 20 years ago and accordingly don’t spend as much time thinking about law school admissions as I did in the past. However, as the parent of a high school senior currently in the throes of the college application process, I’ve recently again been considering the right approach for a student to take while applying to undergraduate and graduate programs. In either case, there are myriad good options to select from, and the thought process used to narrow them down can be scattershot.
For anyone considering an application to law school – which I think is a good idea for most people who have an interest even though it’s unfashionable to say so – there are an overwhelmingly large number of available schools. Of course, some people have personal circumstances that naturally narrow the choices. I only applied to schools in Manhattan because I had just gotten married, and my wife was working at a publishing house in the city. Some students have a specific and narrow area of the law they are interested in, and they apply to the few schools that are strong in that department. And of course cost and financial aid drive the choice for many, though I would say that if you can get accepted into a top school and expect to practice in the private sector, it’s a reasonable choice to take on student loans to finance that education.