Choosing the Best Mix of Law Schools
This week’s podcast discusses the best mix of law schools for applications to which students should apply. We’ll hear from experts Anna Ivey, author of The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, and Heike Spahn, senior law school admissions consultant with AdmissionConsultants, Inc. Both Ivey and Spahn have held the post of Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School.
Heike Spahn begins by talking about the importance of selecting a law school based on where the student sees him or herself practicing after graduation, and discusses the importance of not just researching programs and professors, but geography, too. She tells students that, while it is important to have a wide variety of schools on their list, it is also advisable to only apply to schools at which their numbers fall at or above the median. Spahn concludes by mentioning that, in addition to geography and numbers, students should also consider the course offerings at each school, and try to apply to those schools that have an attractive academic profile.
Anna Ivey begins by stating that selecting a law school is very different from choosing an undergraduate institution, particularly because a J.D. isn’t required for most types of employment. Ivey agrees with Spahn, and states that geography is an important aspect when choosing a law school to apply to. In closing, Ivey says that a student’s final law school application list should have around ten schools, although she does say that there is nothing wrong with applying to only 2-5 schools if the student’s requirements are very specific..