Top Law Schools

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Every year, many magazines and educational journals try to come up with comprehensive law school rankings to determine the best law schools in the country. Considering many factors such as name recognition, faculty-to-student ratios, average LSAT scores and others, these publications try to come up with a scale on which to judge the top law schools. Many schools work hard at their reputations so as to move up in the rankings, but many other schools remain aloof.

Beyond the Rankings

Many critics of the school ranking system point out that nobody has the same expectations, needs, and preparation for law school--so there isn't going to be one school that is best for everyone. Other critics point out that there are factors that cannot be quantified but are just as important as a school's numbers. Obviously, rankings are of limited utility to many potential scholars of law.

That's not to say that the rankings are without merit. The nation's most recognized law schools will continue to be held in high regard, no matter which one the rankings crown the best. Instead of thinking of rankings as anything absolute, a savvy applicant will recognize them as just one of many tools in picking the law school that is right for them.

In addition to checking the rankings, try to arrange a visit to a school that you are considering. Being able to meet students and faculty is a great way to see if a place is right for you. Don't be too concerned with getting into the "top" school, because the school that will serve you best may not occupy the top spot on a ranking sheet.

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