Michigan Law Schools – How to Find & Get Into a Great Law School in Michigan
There are six great law schools in the State of Michigan. These include the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, the Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing, and Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.
Of course, not all Michigan law schools are alike, and in choosing a Michigan law school – as you would with any school – you should make sure that you are making the correct choice for YOU. Unfortunately, far to many prospective law students fall into the trap of letting magazines and artificial law school rankings make the choice for them. If you were to do that, you might focus on the University of Michigan Law School, which admittedly enjoys an outstanding national reputation, to the exclusion of several other excellent law schools in Michigan or elsewhere.
One of the things I try and emphasize to students trying to select a law school is that you get a very similar education no matter where you go. The “elite” schools will never admit that, but its true. Moreover, having been a practicing lawyer now for almost 10 years, I assure you that where you went to law school will very quickly become virtually meaningless to your employers and colleagues. I’ve known great lawyers and terrible lawyers who went to great schools – and I’ve known great lawyers and terrible lawyers who went to no-name night schools.
Therefore, if you’ve decided you want to go to law school in Michigan, you should carefully analyze which of the excellent choices will be the best law school for you. If your aim to get a high-paying job in Manhattan immediately after graduation, the University of Michigan Law School is probably a place you should target. On the other hand, if you’re looking to set up a local practice on of the smaller local schools may be your best choice.
Although the substance of what you will learn is largely the same at every school, the environment is definitely not. That’s why, if you’ve decided you want to go to a Michigan Law School, you should visit every school you’re considering to get a feel for the campus and physical surroundings. You should also speak with some students to see what they have to say about the atmosphere. Some law schools are definitely more friendly that others.
No two Michigan law schools are created alike, just as no two law students are created alike. Finding a good match should be your top priority. You’re going to spend three years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars – regardless of which Michigan law school you select – and you should do everything possible to make sure its not a miserable investment.
When I was choosing which law school to attend I spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars researching and in many cases visiting the eleven schools that made my final list. In the end, I didn’t choose the highest ranked or most prestigious school I got into, but I did choose the best law school for me. And I made the right choice.
This is just one of the many topics I discuss in my ebook Covert Tactics for Getting Into the Law School of Your Choice and in the Covert Tactics Law School Newsletter, both of which are available at my website.
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