Choosing a Law School–Scholarship vs. Highly Ranked
This week’s podcast discusses the differences between choosing a law school due to scholarship monies or a high ranking. Our guests on the program are Anne Chaconas, Director of Admission Counseling at PowerScore Test Preparation; Deborah Schneider, co-author of Should You Really Be a Lawyer; Ian Graham, attorney and author of Unbillable Hours; and Gary Young, attorney and author of Law School Ninja.
Our experts today discuss deciding between a law school for scholarship purposes or due to its U.S. News and World Report rank.
Our first guest, Anne Chaconas, Director of Admission Counseling at PowerScore, says students should evaluate many things when choosing a law school (everything from the current economic status to their intended field of work), and suggests that looking at the big picture and not getting too hung up on one specific factor is important. Chaconas also suggests that, while rankings should play a part in the decision-making process, they shouldn’t be the only or deciding factor.
Deborah Schneider, author of Should You Really Be a Lawyer, says that asking yourself what aspects of law school are most important to you can help with your decision between scholarship and rankings. She suggests that your career goals can be an indication of what law school is best for you, and believes that starting the law school application and research process early can help when it comes time to decide which options are best for you.
Ian Graham, attorney and author of Unbillable Hours, says that, although choosing a law school can be stressful, you must look at it as an investment. He also suggests that where you attend law school will have a direct affect on where you are able to obtain employment, and echoes Chaconas’ sentiment that considering your intended field of work is an essential part of the process.
Our final guest, Gary Young, attorney and author of Law School Ninja, thoroughly agrees with our other guests and strongly encourages students to make their law school choice based on the job they ultimately hope to have.
Anne Chaconas – Director of Admission Counseling at PowerScore Test Preparation and author of the upcoming book, The PowerScore Guide to the Top U.S. Law Schools
Deborah Schneider – Co-author of Should You Really Be a Lawyer
Ian Graham – Attorney and author of Unbillable Hours
Gary Young – Attorney and author of Law School Ninja