taxguy wrote:Ok understood. The reason I mentioned Richmond is due to their very high LSAT and other requirements. This would seem to indicate that many law school applicants deem to to have a great name. Frankly, in our area of Wash DC/ northern Virginia, Richmond does have a very good name. Frankly though, with the same LSAT required, there are much better choices,which is the main point of my post.
Their LSAT median is a 162. That doesn't seem to be a "very high LSAT" requirement for a school in its range. It shares #67 in the rankings with Lewis & Clark (161) and Brooklyn (163). Also, in DC, I don't think it's that highly regarded at all. There are a large number of more highly regarded schools in DC, including GWU, W&M, and GMU, and of course, every single T14 in the country, which all have students hoping to work in DC. In terms of the schools sending people into that market, Richmond is behind a very long line of well-respected schools.
In fact, Richmond's strength as far as I could ever tell was that it wasn't DC-focused. If anything, it's popular for people who want to go to school in VA but stay in VA, hoping that people in the state's better schools will find work in DC or NYC and not stay and compete with them there. It's worked that way in past years, and it's only a problem now because of how much hiring in DC and NYC has shrunk. But even back then, Richmond wasn't really regarded as a "great school". There are so many schools that are considered better than it in the same state and region.