Deciding on a Law School
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to law school. Now, how do you decide where to attend?
Consider the factors most important to you and the school that will fulfill your requirements. This can include location, school specialty, program and cohort culture, financial aid, and more. The resources below can provide you with more information and data to help you learn more about your options and make an informed decision.
- MIT Alumni Advisor’s Hub: Search for alumni who attended the schools you’re considering and sign up for a meeting with them within this platform
- Law School Transparency: Check out the Law School Reports section for data to help you learn more about job outcomes, enrollment trends, and more
- American Bar Association (ABA) 509 reports: These reports include detailed data from every law school on admissions trends, scholarship information, and outcomes among other information
- Finding the best law school for you from the LSAC
- How to decide which law school to attend by the National Jurist
Below are some questions you might consider asking from from the University of Nebraska Law School Admissions office to help you get the most out of your law school virtual and in-person visits:
- How many seats are there in clinics? What percentage of students who’d like to participate in a clinic actually get to do so?
- What is the student to faculty ratio? Do professors have an open-door policy or is it hard to get one-on-one time with an instructor?
- What will my first-year schedule be?
- What do most students do in the summer? What is the likelihood of finding legal work? What are the chances of getting paid for summer work?
- Where do students typically live?
- Where do students eat? Do they bring lunches to school? If so, is there a place to store them? Are there restaurants or food courts nearby?
- Where do students park? Is it easy to find a parking space to avoid being late for class or having to walk several blocks in bad weather? What does a parking permit cost?
- Is there a mentoring program?
- Where do students study? Are there plenty of spaces for individuals and groups?
- What support systems are in place for students? Are there mental health services available? Are resources in place for students who find themselves needing help? Are emergency loans an option?