I have read a bit on law schools and rankings and such as well as trolling these boards for a little while but I need a few suggestions. I am applying for next fall and need some honest advice. I don't know what type of law I want to practice except I know I do not really want to go into big law. I really like the idea of working for the government or a non-profit. I know someone in the public defenders office that really loves his job. From the people I talk to it turns out that most of the lawyers I know are all in "public interest" law. I am not entirely sure of what that covers but I have been told it is very broad. I am an adult student with a family that is very important to me. No one in my family ever went to college until me and no one has ever made more than 22k a year. I know it sounds crazy but I would drop dead if I was offered 40k to start. I know salaries go up over time (although in 12 years in retail management I have only seen 4 raises) but I am not really going into law for the money. I read on the boards that going to a top 10 or 14 school is the only way to get a job. That's just doesn't sound right to me. What are some good schools for a hard worker (although B student) who really does want to make a difference for someone else rather than themselves? As I said I am a B student with an average lsat (I am still waiting for the results but was scoring 158-165 on the practice tests). I have 12 years in retail management and 6 years in non-profit volunteer work with the disabled.
I am open to moving anywhere that is also appropriate for a family. Any suggestions?
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Keep taking the LSAT until you get a 170 or have used up all your retakes. Even if you don't go to a top school, you may as well set yourself up for the largest possible scholarship or best possible school you can.
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