The Utah State Bar has prepared advice for its members to give their young neighbors, relatives, and friends who seek pre-law admissions input from them — members of the bar who haven’t had anything to do with admissions in years. The law school admissions tips are excellent ,and if you click through, you will spare yourself the bad advice you could receive from a lawyer who isn’t a member of Utah’s bar and hasn’t seen these tips.
"When Lawyers Become Pre-Law Advisors" is a crash course in pre-law advising. But I take issue with one point on that list. The author, Eileen Crane, does not feel that location is important in choosing a law school. I disagree. While yes you can change your mind and location certainly isn’t the only factor, it is something to consider for a variety of reasons:
- You will attend law school for three years, and you might as well like where you live.
- Unless you attend a school with a national reputation, you are most likely to find employment near where you graduate. Or at least, you will find it easier to find employment near your law school. It isn’t impossible to move to another state or region; it’s just harder. So if you attend law school in a place you will like with the professional opportunities you find attractive, you may just end up there too.
Anastasia, author of the Ruby Red Slipper blog and a 3L, has an excellent post on the role of location in choosing a law school. It is part of a 3-part series she is writing on choosing a law school. I recommend it.