Regarding future job prospects, is it better to go to a second-tier law school where I would be at the top of my class, or should I go to a first-tier school and be in the middle of my class?
No-brainer. Go to the best (highest-ranked) school that accepts you.
But I have to ask… Why do you assume you’ll be at the top of your class at a tier-two school and in the middle of your class at tier-one school? Do you believe your mere presence at a pedestrian second-tier institution will automatically ensure that you graduate at the top of the class? Yet at the same time, you assume you’ll finish in the middle of the class at some top-tier school—presumably because you’re not smart enough to excel there. Hmmm. So if you go to NYU, for example, you’re destined to be in the top 50%, but if you go to Hofstra, you’ll be top 1%. Guaranteed. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.
Anyway, here’s my advice: Get into the best goddamn law school you can. Don’t worry one teeny-weeny bit about potential class rank or any other bullshit. Just go to the best school and, once you’re there, get the best grades you can. End of story.
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