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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every Tuesday.


Q: I have reached the point in my life where I have to make a decision about which law school to attend. I have gotten in to Fordham and Rutgers, but Rutgers is giving me a financial aid package that will make it only $5,000 a year to attend.

I know that I want to start my career at a top New York law firm making a top salary and being on their inside track for at least the first five years of my legal career, and I will make sure that no matter which school I go to I will graduate in the top 25 percent, but that’s all I can guarantee.

Based on that information, which school should I go to and how tangible is the advantage given to me by a school like Fordham under these circumstances?

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