So I’ve finally decided on a law school. Now that I’ve gotten back, and after having visited most of the schools toward the top of my list and really excited about my decision for law school. Hofstra and Elon law were both close competitors, and for a variety of reasons. However, my final choice has sincerely won me over. I’ll break down the factors that made it my top choice and tell you which school this is in the photo after the jump.
Drum roll, and Quinnipiac Law it is and with quite a few reasons why:
- Location. Although Hamden is a small town of 50,000 it’s right next to New Haven, a major city that is also home to Yale. It’s also only about 70 miles away from New York City and about 100 miles from Boston, making it ideal to seek jobs/internships in either of those two massive legal markets.
- Cost of Living. Having looked at apartments near campus I can safely say the cost to rent an apartment in the area is almost comparable to Raleigh. My cost of living is significantly cheaper than if I had decided on some of the NYC or Boston schools that I had gotten into.
- Small Class Sizes. Quinnipiac Law boasts some of the best student-faculty ratios in law schools period. With an 11-1 ratio, face time with a professor isn’t difficult and the small entering class sizes of roughly 120 students should do a lot to foster a sense of solidarity.
- High Bar Pass Rate. It’s hard to practice law unless you can actually become a lawyer. QU has a typical Connecticut pass rate of 90% but it’s 99-100% for everyone who takes the free prep-course through the law school.
- Upward Trends. Quinnipiac is an incredibly new school. Having been founded in 1990 in its current state its risen remarkably fast. Although law school rankings certainly aren’t everything, they’re a good indicator of a school that is trying to make sure its graduates can place well in the legal market. Quinnipiac is currently at the top of the 3rd tier and every year seems to be inching closer to breaking into the 2nd tier. I firmly believe that by the time I finish my three years there it’ll be a tier 2 school. They’ll also be adding to their reputation in the next few years with a medical school.
- Resources. Quinnipiac Law isn’t just a law school. It has a full university that it shares a campus with. This is hugely beneficial as there are more dining options, more campus resources and social events to allow me to relax, and most importantly for me, a division 1 hockey program that plays against Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Brown.
- Active Recruiting. I’ve complained about how some law schools really don’t seem to show any interest in your as a prospective student before. Quinnipiac never let more than a week or two go by without staying in touch somehow. Add to that the fact that I e-mailed one of their admission’s members over the winter holidays and although I got the standard automated “out of the office” reply also received an e-mail within a few hours. Not to mention a hand-written card. All things that show they at least care about students they want to recruit, something I haven’t seen at a few other schools I’ve considered.
- No Mandatory Curve: Unlike most law schools that have a very rigid curve system QU allows their professors to decide how to grade. While there is a “suggested” curve of a B- at the end of the day it is the professor’s discretion that decides how grades will be determined. It’s one extra level that at least reduces law school stress a little given everything else there is to worry about.
So there you have it. I’ll be attending Quinnipiac Law in the fall. Although the blog will start to following that journey a bit more it’ll still be full of tons of helpful law school information that can apply to you at whichever law school you choose.