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Research Law Schools

As you progress through undergraduate studies, take every opportunity to learn more about legal education, law schools, and how schools differ from one another.  There are currently 203 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association, so you will have a lot of choices.  One place to start your search is right on campus! Each year, Texas A&M hosts one of the largest law school fairs in the country, with about half of the accredited schools coming to campus to tell you more about their programs. You do not have to be a law school applicant to benefit from attending.  Throughout the year, various law school admission deans are guest speakers at student organization meetings, university events, and networking events. Attend every session you can to learn more about legal education.

Online, there are dozens of “law school rankings” which try to create a single ranking of law schools that will be appropriate for everyone.  These rankings cannot capture elements which are important to you, fit your academic profile, and provide the best setting for YOUR legal education.  Instead, these monolithic rankings tend to imply that schools in “lower tiers” are not worth attending; however, nothing could be further from the truth.  Read rankings with a cautionary eye and develop your own list of potential law schools and read what the Law School Admissions Council has to say about themAnother great resource is the Napla/Sapla Book of Lists. This 500-page online book is based on an annual survey done by prelaw advisors of the U.S. law schools each year. Find out more about joint programs, study abroad, concentration areas,scholarships and more! 

When making your list of law schools, do not artificially restrict yourself by eliminating private schools or schools in other states. Sometimes private school scholarships make them more affordable that an in-state school. Instead, start listing factors which are important to you, whether it is location, size of student body, clinical programs, employment statistics, admissions profiles, and more.  Talk to attorneys who attended various schools and learn more about what each school has to offer. Finally, you can visit law schools on your own or with other Aggies.  The PreLaw Advisor will announce all trips planned to Texas law schools on the aggie-lawyer listserv. The MSC sponsors the J. Wayne Stark Northeast Trip which tour law and business schools in Chicago, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia in January each year.