What kind of law do you want to practice?

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Most people going to law school want to help people. If you know the kind of law you want to practice, look for a school that matches your interest. If Environmental Law is your thing, you will want to seriously consider attending a school like University of Oregon School of Law or Vermont Law School.

How do you determine if the school specializes in a particular area?

  • How many professors are teaching in the area of law? Are they tenured professors or adjunct faculty?
  • Are there faculty members actively doing research in your area of interest?
  • How many journals does the school publish in the area of law?
  • Are there clinic or externship opportunities available? Are they led by faculty?

If you are also interested in obtaining your Master in Business Administration or other advanced degrees, look for a school that offers a dual-degree program. You will be able to complete your JD and MBA simultaneously, generally in just four years. When considering a dual-degree program, be certain to ask about flexibility in scheduling classes to be certain you can complete your degrees in the time you expect.

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