SeewhathappensLarry wrote:I'd say in at Georgetown, Michigan, UVa. Maybe Cornell, Northwestern, Duke. There really is no such thing as safety schools for law school.
Ultimately it won't matter in terms of acceptances but I would recommend taking a couple years off and working. I can't tell you how much perspective it brings to everything, not to mention interesting things to talk about in interviews. I promise no one gives a shit about college activities and such.
Hey Larry, sorry if I sound ignorant but what do you mean when there are no such things as safety schools for law school purposes?? Also, will the type of work experience matter? I'm already 2 years out of college and hope that my not-so-interesting work experience isn't gonna hold me back lol
You don't sound ignorant--honestly applying to law schools is completely different than applying to colleges. There are so many good colleges that it makes sense to divide your options into target, safeties, and reach schools. In all likelihood, going to, say, Ohio State is probably not that different than going to like Ohio U.
Law school is a different beast, because there are a few very good law schools that have good career prospects and place students across the country. Then there are a bunch of really, really, shitty, borderline criminal law schools that give you very little hope at becoming a lawyer, or at least a highly-paid lawyer.
The general advice on TLS, and I think it is right, is to first decide where you want to practice. The T14 can largely place anywhere across the country, although there is still a regional element to some of those schools as well. I see you want to practice in CA, so you should apply to Berkeley, Stanford (long shot) UCLA, and USC, as well as the rest of the T14. I would also apply to schools just under the T14 and outside of CA, particularly for negotiation purposes, such as Vandy, Wash U, UT, etc. But to finally answer your question, there is no safety school for you. Sure, you could easily get into like Chapman but that will not get you anywhere. The difference between a Chapman and a Berkeley is huge.
Also, what is your work experience? I think you can spin almost any job into a compelling and interesting story in interviews, unless it's like grocery bagging or something.