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Navigating your way to the right law school

Finding the right law school can be a daunting task and there is no “one-size fits all” approach to determining which law school will meet an individual student’s needs.  This is particularly true for those who are interested in pursuing a career in public interest law as these jobs often require more training in specialized areas than general civil practice or larger firms, making the available curricula and clinics an important factor in determining which law school to attend.  The new and improved 2011 Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools is an interactive, online tool designed to help prospective law students navigate the process of finding the law school that is right for them.    

A useful tool for anyone thinking about law school, The Guide is specifically helpful for students interested in public interest law.  Users can find extensive data on the availability of public interest courses, clinics and externships; financial aid and loan repayment assistance programs; the allocation of faculty and administrative resources to public interest law; and other information valuable to helping students determine which schools best fit their interests, financial needs, and future career goals. 

What makes The Guide so unique?  In addition to being free and online, The Guide allows you to view side-by-side comparisons of schools’ offerings.  So, no more flipping back and forth between catalog listings, or websites – the Guide puts the information all in one location, on your computer screen. 

With the Quick Search Filters on the home page, you can search basic criteria, such as geographic location, tuition and school size, while the advanced search features under the Courses and Programs tab can help you find information on courses, clinics, financial assistance programs and more. Once you’ve identified schools that are of interest, you can explore their full profiles to learn more about the details of their programs.

In the coming weeks, we’ll post more information on how you can use the information in The Guide to help navigate your way to the right law school.  In the meantime, visit The Guide and begin exploring.

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