Merr wrote: Rikkugrrl wrote:
If you don't mind Columbia, SC, retake the LSAT and try for U South Carolina. According to LSN, your chances aren't stellar right now, but 2 or 3 more points could push you in. They were bumped out of the top 100 this year and have somehow got a good portion of SC thinking that they're prestigious. Best law school in the state at least.
Edit: Just read the Stetson posts. Agreeing that Stetson is a terrible idea, but only because there are multiple schools in the state that are better. If you're trying for a T3 or T4, stay far, far away from states with multiple T1 or T2 law schools. Hence why I said USC. Your only "competition" is Charleston, and even lawyers in Charleston are wary of it (I lived in the city for several years and interned/did summer work at several firms).
EDIT 2: 100TH POST!!!!!
About that. I have been wondering if the South Carolina market is relatively sheltered or if UGA, Wake, UNC or even Emory grads are inclined move in to it as a potential alternative to North Carolina and/or Georgia?
Hm, I'm not sure if sheltered is the right word, but it's close. I won't lie; the legal market in SC isn't doing so hot, but that's pretty much the case all over right now (as I'm sure you know). I actually just spoke to a lawyer today about this and her answer was that it's still a 'good ole boys' network. She graduated from Vandy and didn't get any special attention over her USC competition. When I asked her if things work out with the LSAT (hopehopehope) and I get a choice between Emory or USC, she said "if you want to go anywhere else in the Southeast, Emory. If you want South Carolina, you'd be stupid not to take the cheaper tuition and networking opportunities. USC, without a doubt. I wish I'd gone there." She told me South Carolina's legal market (actually, this applies to outside markets as well) is becoming more open to other law schools and is slowly buying into the prestige game. But the good ole boys thing hasn't disappeared, not by a longshot.
It can't guarantee you a good job, or even a job by any means, but I can say it's probably one of your best shots at one for a T3 school (well, some still consider it T2, but I think anything that fell off the Top 100 is T3).