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How to select a New York law school

Within the state of New York, there are many law schools that you can attend. Attending a law school in New York is a good idea if you wish to become a New York lawyer, since you will be better prepared to take the Bar exam in New York. However, you need to choose your school wisely as there is a variety of different New York schools with different features and benefits.

Assembling your list of schools

Assembling the list The first thing that you need to do when choosing a law school in New York is to assemble a list of schools. There is a wide variety to choose from, some of which are public and some of which are private. Some of the schools also have a very high ranking, and are considered to be among the top ten law schools in the US. For instance, in New York City, Columbia University's School of Law is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the US. The US News and World Reports The US News and World Reports is one of the best resources for assembling your list of schools, since it is the most widely recognised publication for ranking law schools and it can be divided into geographic region. There are also other law school guides published that you can use.

Evaluate the school's requirements

Qualifications required Each of the law schools have specific requirements for admission. All will require a minimum of a bachelor's degree. You will also need to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Your GPA and LSAT will be the major determining factors as to whether you get in or not, so you should see what the scores are of the students who are admitted to the school. Scores of students This is published in the US News and World report publication, which includes both 25th percent and 75th percent scores for GPA and LSAT. For many of the top schools, like Columbia or NYU School of Law, you can expect that the LSAT scores will be in the high 160s and GPAs will also be high. Other schools, like Benjamin Cardozo, will not have such stringent admissions requirements.

Select the best school with your grades and LSAT

Selection of the best school
You will likely not be admitted to a school if your GPA or LSAT are way out of alignment, with the usual scores of admitted students. You should, therefore, select the highest ranked school, given your scores and the school's requirements.

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