The biggest question for a student before selecting a law school is whether the choice of law school for studies can affect his chances of getting a better job or a better career later. The biggest decision for having a successful legal career is the right selection of the law school you attend.
BUT if in the tenure of your law school you are able to add achievements including research paper presentations, publications, mooting, internships at courts and law firms then our achievements will be placed above your choice of law school attend.
Lawyers like to follow precedents and they care about the fact that form, where did the successful legal professionals, received their education. Attending a prestigious law school can open many doors which otherwise can remain shut. But on the counter it can be said that there are many successful legal professionals who did not attend any fancy or prestigious law school.
Many suggest that pass outs of less fancy law schools perform better in law firms beacuse of their tendency to work harder in their student days for securing good Internships and better placements. There is a thinking that students of top law schools take the fact of getting better placements easy as they think that because of the good name of their Institution they will easily get a good job and so they do not work enough in their student days for becoming industry ready. But a top law school is a top law school because it ensures the fact that their students do not develop this thinking.
Also it has been observed that students from prestigious law schools do better in jobs like law Professors beacsue they have seen better Professors themselves and also perform better as Supreme Court attorneys. As a student of less prestigious law school one always has a feeling that their CVs are rejected for Internships and placements when a student of prestigious law school is also in contention for the same.
The biggest factor while selecting a law school for most of the students is the location of the law school. Not all the students have the cushion of having a top law school in the vicinity of their residence. Most of the students want to select a good law school in their desired location. Some students want to select a law school close to their residence while others wanting to join LPOs and Corporate Law firms select metro cities as their ideal location for studying in the law school. Good location of the law schools has many benefits to offer such as developing networks with the legal community of that place, help in securing better internships and makes it easy to for the student later to become a part of that legal community. Ideally, a students who has prefixed intention of practising in a particular court should also select a law school in the vicinity of that court because by doing so he can have early to the court and develop networks early in his students day which can be helpful in starting the career.
Employers while hiring consider the factor of the residence of the candidates and tend to select employees who have local knowledge of that place. For example giving an interview after traveling 500km is quite tough when compared to giving an interview near your law college. Local knowledge of the laws of the place where you want to make your career and the fact that you have had your education from the same place can help you perform better in judicial exams and bar exams.
Law School is the place where your career starts and is the primary source of developing networks for a successful Legal career ahead. Professors, classmates and alumnis are the best sources for developing networks and better opportunities in the future.
A good alumni network is a big factor for selecting a particular law school, and also is a big factor for the law school itself to become a prestigious institution. A talk with the alumnis of a particular Institution can be a big helping factor in the proper selection of a law school. A law school which offers a lot of opportunities is a better option in today’s era of competency no one can be static about a particular legal career option. Skills for all opportunities should be there and a law school with good clinics and research centres can help to be ready for the same.
What is the policy of the law school towards funding research projects and moot participations can be a important factor while making the choice of the law school you want of the law school you want to attend. Because all these skills are necessary for securing a better job later. At last it can be said that a Law school can give you the ideal start to your legal career and planning to be in a good lawyer school from early days can help you secure a better career in legal field in Future.
So if you are planning to study law and make a future out of it, plan well in time and work hard to become a part of any top law school because it can make your legal career really easy and give a smooth start to it. If in case you are not able to attend top law school, then PLAN B of working hard and securing achievements as told above including research paper presentations, publications, mooting, internships at courts and law firms should be focussed.
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