Does the school provide the environment you need?

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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?

  • What is the faculty student ratio?
  • What is the average class size?
  • Do the facilities (library, computer resources, housing) meet your needs?
  • What extra-curricular activities are available for law students?
  • Is the social scene what you’re looking for?

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.

Advice from the Super Lawyers advisory board

What advice would you give a family member considering law school?

Take as much clinical work and public law courses as possible.

-- Joe Friedberg
Joseph S. Friedberg, Chartered
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

-- Steven Molo
MoloLamken LLP
New York, New York
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