QI’m curious how important a law school’s ranking is if someone (me) is pursuing a law degree but does not want to be a lawyer. A little more specifically: My undergraduate degree is a double major in Advertising and Public Relations. I would like work for a larger PR firm actually doing PR and promotions. My law degree would only serve the purpose of working with legal reps and departments of clients intelligibly. Thoughts? Ideas? Criticisms?
ALet’s face it, better is usually best. Going to Yale Law School is always a better rap than going to a T4 school in the middle of nowhere, whether you ultimately intend to be a lawyer, a PR exec, or a bartender. But it’s also better to be super-handsome, super-rich and super-funny.
In your particular case, I don’t think rank matters too much. First, you don’t need to be a lawyer to work in public relations in the first place. In fact, 99% of PR executives aren’t lawyers. So the mere fact you went to law school will distinguish you from the crowd. Second, the PR biz isn’t terribly school snobby. It’s not like consulting, private equity or investment banking, where a lawyer’s pedigree is the prime determinant in him or her getting a job.
Like I always say, you should only go to law school if you actually want to be a lawyer. Don’t listen to random friends and uncles who say things like, “Law school is a great training ground for business,” or, “It’s a versatile degree, you can do anything you want with it.” Three years and $150 grand is a lot to spend to be able to sound “intelligible” to legal departments, dude. Going to law school is a significant time and financial investment; make sure you’re committed.