Choosing a Law School: Four facts that matter, besides the U.S. News Rankings

The rankings deserve to be only a piece of the puzzle in your law school decision.

Choosing a Law School: Four facts that matter, besides the U.S. News Rankings

By: Jen Randolph Reise

With the 2020 U.S. News rankings of law schools finally out, there’s a lot of discussion about the winners and losers this year.

But as an individual applying to law school, rankings don’t tell the whole story. Here are four factors to consider in order to identify what the best law school is – not in general, but specifically for you.

Location

You’ll make important connections in law school, and most will be in the surrounding legal market. You’ll clerk at a local firm, network with local attorneys, and learn about the business and legal landscape of that community. In addition, your law school classmates will become important professional contacts, including as clients and referral sources. So if you know where you want to practice, it is smart to go to law school there. At a minimum, though, you can move to a different state after graduation and take its bar exam in order to practice there. There is limited reciprocity between states. You don’t want to take the bar twice if you can avoid it. Important caveat: This regional pattern is not as true at the top law schools. However, students at the east coast T14 tend to be recruited to and find jobs on the east coast, and the same on the west coast.

Cost

The sticker price of law school is shocking: average public school tuition of $26,000 per year, or average private school tuition of $47,000. However, law schools, especially private schools, give merit scholarships to students who are above their median scores, which pulls up their LSAT average (and therefore their U.S. News rankings). So a student who got an LSAT score sufficient to get into a top-50 school may be able to leverage it into a full ride scholarship at a less prestigious school, instead. Understand that most lawyers don’t make the enormous BigLaw salaries, even at top schools. Taking out less or no loans for school will give you more freedom to choose a career path that is less lucrative than BigLaw, like being a prosecutor or public interest. In other words, you should weigh how much a given school will cost in light of any merit scholarships you receive, and also how much you may earn out of law school compared to your loans. How much you will earn will depend on what kind of legal career you choose, as well as the prestige of your school and your grades.

Specilization

Law schools don’t tend to have different academic strengths as much as colleges and universities do. Pretty much all law students take the same curriculum 1L year, and even after that there is limited opportunity for students or schools to do anything quite different. However, if you know you want to be an intellectual property lawyer or go into healthcare law, for example, look for schools that offer a “concentration” or “specialty” in that area. Usually this involves taking specified classes during your 2L and 3L year and sometimes a related clinic or practicum experience as well. You do not need to have a specialty in law school, but if you have a passion then it can help you make connections in that area and launch you into the field. Clinics are a way that law students get practical experience helping clients during law school, for credit, under the supervision of an attorney. They generally focus on a specific area, and you’ll find that law schools offer clinics focused on different areas of law, from advising small businesses to immigration clinics to the Innocence Project.

Culture and Fit

Pre-Law Magazine recently crunched the statistics and published articles about the most diverse law schools and the most religious law schools in its Winter 2019 issue. Fit for you could also include the percentage of first-generation or second-career law students; campus life; and the competitiveness of the culture. Again, there’s no “right” answer here, but none of those things are reflected in the U.S. News rankings. The rankings, important as they are, deserve to be only a piece of the puzzle in your law school decision. Need the big picture? Make an informed choice about law as a career, before you spend money and time on LSAT prep, applications, and tuition. I’ve developed an online course to deliver the key information you need on J.D. careers as well as what law school is really like and what it takes to succeed, delivered in a convenient package. If you’re headed on to law school, after watching the course, you’ll: • Ask better questions of law schools and in interviews • Get a jump on the competition • Go into the law school decision with your eyes wide open • Get valuable resource links that will save you tons of time researching law schools Find out more at JD Navigator

Transferring Intangibles: Buying and Selling Companies

Jim Chester Delivers CLE Presentation on ‘Transferring Intangibles: Buying and Selling Companies’ for CLE Companion Austin, TX (June 24, 2019) – Jim Chester, a partner at Klemchuk LLP – a litigation, intellectual property, transactional, and international business law firm dedicated to protecting innovation, will give a presentation on “Transferring Intangibles: Buying and Selling Companies” on . . .

Jim Chester Delivers CLE Presentation on ‘Transferring Intangibles: Buying and Selling Companies’ for CLE Companion

Austin, TX (June 24, 2019) – Jim Chester, a partner at Klemchuk LLP – a litigation, intellectual property, transactional, and international business law firm dedicated to protecting innovation, will give a presentation on “Transferring Intangibles: Buying and Selling Companies” on July 2, 2019 for CLE Companion, a legal technology company that is changing the CLE industry by offering an affordable and easy way for attorneys to satisfy their CLE requirement.

The 1-hour presentation, which begins at 11 a.m. CST, is available here on the CLE Companion website (https://clecompanion.com/product/course3/.)

Chester’s talk dives deep into the unique nature of buying and selling Technology, Service and other knowledge-based companies.

Chester, a partner at the firm, is a technology and business attorney who represents innovation-based entrepreneurs, start-ups and privately-held companies of all sizes in a variety of industries. He primarily serves as strategic legal counsel to innovators, but has extensive expertise and experience advising clients involved in buying/selling technology and other knowledge-based companies, as well as international technology deals. For more on Jim, visit https://www.klemchuk.com/professionals/jim-chester

Kristin Davidson, the founder and Executive Director of CLE Companion, said that technology topics, such as the one Jim is presenting on, are popular topics among practicing attorneys.

“The speed at which new technology is being applied around the world makes the subject of Jim’s talk and its timing perfect,” said Davidson. “He is a recognized expert in this area. We are fortunate to have him.”

About CLE Companion

CLE Companion starts everyday with its simple mission statement: To be the easiest, most cost-effective and complete resource to complete your MCLE online. With a multitude of offerings in both Live Stream and On Demand formats, CLE Companion sets the bar for Continuing Legal Education in all areas of practice. Find out more at https://clecompanion.com/

The Corporate Secretary

Jen Randolph Reise Delivers CLE Presentation on ‘The Corporate Secretary’ for CLE Companion Austin, TX (June 18, 2019) – Jen Randolph Reise, the President and Founder of JD Navigator, will give a presentation on “The Corporate Secretary” on July 1 for CLE Companion, a legal technology company that is changing the CLE industry by offering . . .

Jen Randolph Reise Delivers CLE Presentation on ‘The Corporate Secretary’ for CLE Companion

Austin, TX (June 18, 2019) – Jen Randolph Reise, the President and Founder of JD Navigator, will give a presentation on “The Corporate Secretary” on July 1 for CLE Companion, a legal technology company that is changing the CLE industry by offering an affordable and easy way for attorneys to satisfy their CLE requirement.
The 1-hour presentation, which begins at 11 a.m. CST, is available here on the CLE Companion website (https://clecompanion.com/.)

The Corporate Secretary is an introduction to corporate governance, focusing on the key functions of the corporate secretary role, then diving deeper into meeting preparation and minutes.

Reise is a securities and corporate governance attorney by training. She has worked both in private practice at a large Minneapolis firm and in-house at a public company, where her principal areas of focus were SEC reporting and corporate governance, corporate compliance, equity compensation, and executive compensation and benefits. She teaches Introduction to Business Organizations at Hamline University School of Law.

In January 2019, she founded a tech-ed startup called JD Navigator (www.jdnavigator.com/) to help lawyers, law students, and prospective law students chart their course; that is, to get the information they need to make the career decisions that are right for them.

Kristin Davidson, the founder and Executive Director of CLE Companion, said that Jen’s topic is a very important one for practicing attorneys.

“Almost every attorney has to deal with corporate governance issues like this at some point in their legal career,” said Davidson. “Jen is the best when it comes to presenting on this topic, making the material understandable for all.”

About CLE Companion

CLE Companion starts everyday with its simple mission statement: To be the easiest, most cost-effective and complete resource to complete your MCLE online. With a multitude of offerings in both Live Stream and On Demand formats, CLE Companion sets the bar for Continuing Legal Education in all areas of practice. Find out more at https://clecompanion.com/

Technology and Ethics for Lawyers in the Digital Age

Joseph A. Coremeier Shares Expertise on ‘Technology and Ethics for Lawyers in the Digital Age’ in presentation for CLE Companion Austin, TX (June 24, 2019) – Joseph A. Corsmeier, an AV-rated attorney in Clearwater, Florida with many years of experience in the areas of lawyer ethics and professionalism, will give a presentation on “Technology and . . .

Joseph A. Coremeier Shares Expertise on ‘Technology and Ethics for Lawyers in the Digital Age’ in presentation for CLE Companion

Austin, TX (June 24, 2019) – Joseph A. Corsmeier, an AV-rated attorney in Clearwater, Florida with many years of experience in the areas of lawyer ethics and professionalism, will give a presentation on “Technology and Ethics for Lawyers” on July 2, 2019 for CLE Companion, a legal technology company that is changing the CLE industry by offering an affordable and easy way for attorneys to satisfy their CLE requirements.

The 90-minute presentation, which begins at 2:30 p.m.CT, (1:30pm ET) is available here on the CLE Companion website (https://clecompanion.com/technology-and-e…-the-digital-age/)

“Technology Ethics for Lawyers in the Digital Age” is a 90-minute intensive training course covering all aspects of Ethical Duties Lawyers face with regards to confidentiality and competency in the technologically advanced world we live in today.

Mr. Corsmeier has been practicing law for over 34 years and he concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of defense of attorney disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, attorney admission matters before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and professional license and disciplinary matters before the Boards of the State of Florida. A large part of his practice includes expert analyses and opinions on conflict of interest and other attorney disqualification and legal malpractice issues, and he has testified as an expert in both the federal and Florida courts. For more on Mr. Corsmeier, visit https://www.jac-law.com/

Kristin Davidson, the founder and Executive Director of CLE Companion, said thattechnology topics, such as theone Joe is presenting on, are popular topics among practicing attorneys.

“Every attorney needs ethics CLE,” said Davidson. “We’re proud to have one of the best in Joseph A. Coremeier giving the presentation for CLE Companion.”

About CLE Companion

CLE Companion starts everyday with its simple mission statement: To be the easiest, most cost-effective and complete resource to complete your MCLE online. With a multitude of offerings in both Live Stream and On Demand formats, CLE Companion sets the bar for Continuing Legal Education in all areas of practice. Find out more at https://clecompanion.com/

An Introduction to E2 and EB-5 Investment Structures

Lawyer Rachel Ji-Young-Yoo shares her expertise on the E2 and EB-5 Immigration Investment structures in the Law

Rachel Ji-Young Yoo Shares Expertise on Immigration and Investment Structure Law in Must-See CLE Presentation
New York, NY- May 06, 2019. Rachel Ji-Young Yoo, of Law Offices of Rachel Ji-Young Yoo, has authored her debut MCLE Course entitled “Introduction to the E2 and EB-5 Immigration and Investment Structure” for CLE Companion, a legal technology company that is changing the CLE industry by offering an affordable and easy way for attorneys to satisfy their CLE requirement.

The presentation, as well as many others, are available here on the CLE Companion website (https://clecompanion.com/.)

Rachel Ji-Young Yoo supports the Foreign Investment practice at her firm, which provides service to U.S. clients investing in North Asian clients seeking to establish a presence in the United States. She is also actively developing the firm’s corporate compliance counsel practice, which provides legal services to the EB-5 Regional Center.

During her time as an in-house counsel, Rachel advised various developers in connection with the International Business District Development Project in Seoul on one of the project’s global capital investments. Rachel also advised a U.S. based investor on its acquisition of multiple offices and retail companies that use company-type collective investment vehicles in both the United States and Korea.

Kristin Davidson, the founder and Executive Director of CLE Companion, noted that Rachel came highly recommended. “She is one of the foremost experts in this area of law and has a great deal to offer her peers and clients alike beyond just fulfilling their MCLE requirement,” said Davidson. “Rachel sets the bar for the kind of speakers and presentations we will host on CLE Companion.”

About CLE Companion

CLE Companion starts everyday with its simple mission statement: To be the easiest, most cost-effective and complete resource to complete your MCLE online. With a multitude of offerings in both Live Stream and On Demand formats, CLE Companion sets the bar for Continuing Legal Education in all areas of practice. Find out more at https://clecompanion.com/

An Introduction to E2 and EB-5 Investment Structures