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What are the best law schools in California?

I really want to go to law school but I would love to stay close to my family. Which one should I pick? #school #lawschool #help #college

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Ken’s Answer

The answer to your question is that it really does not matter where you go to school. A school that might be best for someone else might not be best for you. What matters is how well you do with school work and how well you do with networking to develop contacts that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Starting out at a local community college, then getting your BA and law degree at a local state school should be sufficient. Here is a very helpful video: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education<span style="color: rgb(103, 106, 108);"> </span>

Ken recommends the following next steps:

When you are considering becoming a lawyer, here is a very important site to visit: ## https://www.thebalance.com/so-you-want-to-become-a-lawyer-2164536 ##
In addition to looking at schools, you need to be interested in finding the right career to follow.. It takes a special person to enter into a specific career field and meet the demands which that career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make that make one successful in that area. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow people doing what you might think that you want to do to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside. When I was doing college recruiting, I encountered too many students, who skipped these important steps, and ended up in a career/job for which they were ill suited.
The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person who tracks and works with graduates at your high school and college which you might be considering to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
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Mary’s Answer

"Best" is subjective. You want a law school that will be best for you. I recommend visiting the campuses of each school you are interested in. Connect with professors and students and admissions folks. See how the campus feels to you. Do you feel supported and welcomed? Law school is A LOT of work. You are going to want a supportive community around you. I chose a smaller law school for this reason. Everyone knew everyone and supported everyone from 3L to 1L and in between. The professors knew you and remembered you. Find the right "fit" for you.
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