Don’t underestimate the importance of finding a school where you are comfortable. If you hate big cities and would never want to live in one, you probably don’t want to attend law school there either. Competition is a way of life in law school, consider a stress level you can handle.
How can you determine if the culture is right for you?
Though websites and brochures can be helpful, a visit to campus is the best way to get a feel for the school. Make certain to talk with students, faculty and administration to assess the climate. Remember, big schools may provide more opportunities and resources, but if you feel more comfortable at a small school, trust your judgment.
What advice would you give a family member considering law school?
Take as much clinical work and public law courses as possible.
Joseph S. Friedberg, Chartered
How important is it to participate in clinics?
Clinics are a great opportunity to learn what you may like or not like about a particular practice area. They also let you see how what you have been reading about gets put into action. Regardless of what you may want to do after graduating, they are worthwhile.
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