nv93 wrote:deadpanic wrote:Not sure why it took so long before someone told you the rankings from 50-100 are meaningless. It does not matter. UNC is in the 30s or 40s, whatever it is, but it could be ranked 107 by US News and it would still carry the same reputation in the state. You still should not go there if you are not from NC and do not want to work there.
For ADR/arbitration, guess it depends on the market and the type of case. A lot of small firm family law attorneys do it, or sometimes judges after they retire or lose an election. Still, it is only an option after many years of litigation or judicial experience so it isn't a realistic goal. You also just need a really good local rep to get business.
So the best option for someone living in Florida is FSU?
There's at least one enormous UF vs. FSU thread if you search for it but UF, FSU, or Miami are probably all reasonable schools depending on the size of your scholarship, your career goals and where you want to practice. Some people think UF is better than FSU for private practice as opposed to government work.
deadpanic wrote:nv93 wrote:So what about those U.S. News sub rankings in like International Law (American U)? I meant private international law if anything. What about seeking employment in Canada? The market there is probably relative to the U.S.? I don't see myself practicing beyond 15 years. I could see myself transitioning to working on Wallstreet after.
The rankings are worthless. American is one of the very worst law schools. I believe you are disillusioned that attorneys are super high-powered and get to do a lot of international traveling, or can just transition to a high-paying investment banking position after practicing a few years. None of that is realistic, even for a Yale grad.
Conventional wisdom on TLS is that the specialty rankings don't matter. Are there any exceptions to that? For example, Vermont is ranked very high in environmental law, but I probably wouldn't recommend going there to the typical student. However, having visited the school I know that several students there came from jobs with the EPA and maybe they're hoping to go back to the EPA after they graduate. The school is expensive af but maybe if they got a big scholarship and the EPA just wants admission to the bar w/ some knowledge of environmental law it makes sense?