Hillary Mantis is a consultant to pre-law students, law students and lawyers. She is the Director of Pre-Law Advising at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, the former Director of Career Services at Fordham University School of Law and the author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Most law students probably would agree that a school's rankings helped in their search process. But so did other factors, like location, curriculum, financial aid and more. Generally, most law school graduates and legal educators say there are a multitude of factors that play into this life-changing decision.
U.S. News' annual rankings are powerful but imperfect. Experts warn against placing too much emphasis on them when selecting a law school. Instead, there are other rankings that, while not as sexy, could be more helpful for the smart consumer.