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John, Now A High School Senior, Wants Your Advice About Becoming A Lawyer

Regular readers will remember "John," a high school student in his junior year who wrote last March asking for advice about becoming a lawyer, and thanks to you, he got some pretty solid advice.  Over the weekend, he wrote back, seeking more input now that he's a senior and facing the critical choice of colleges.  Consequently, I'm again seeking yours.  Here's his email, with his name and other identifying information changed to protect his privacy, but nothing else altered (if you read his previous email, you'll see he's made some improvements with his English):

"Hello Mr. Williams,
 
It has been a while, hasn't it? How is your practice? I hope everything is running smoothly.
 
The last time we spoke it was regarding to college summer classes.  I returned recently, and I had a great time.  Thank you for advising me.  I grew a lot as a person, and as a (future) lawyer.  I took the American Litigation and Law class, at the University of Chicago , which worked on writing skills (not just legal writing, but in general), as well as the law.  At the end of the class we had Mock Trials. The teacher of this class works in California, and Chicago.  She is, apparently, a strong lawyer based on her record.
 
I am now in my last year of High School, at last!!  I have finished taking a look at colleges that I am interested in, but it is hard to decide which college is my #1 choice for Early Decision (it increases one's chance at the college by signing this "contract."  It states once signed, the student must attend the college if accepted).
 
My Top choices are:
 
NYU
UPENN
Northwestern
Stanford (?) -- I like the school, but do they have a strong program for aspiring lawyers?
Claremont McKenna College (?) -- I do not know a lot about this school, but I heard many students from CMC are accepted to the top law schools
 
What would you consider a strong school which fosters a healthy environment to develop successful lawyers?  Which school would provide a good foundation to get into the top Law Schools of the country?  If five lawyers came knocking on your door seeking a position in your firm, each lawyer coming from the five undergrad schools listed, who would you pick (based on that alone)?  Which of these lawyers would, most likely, go to the best law firm (based on the undergrad)?
 
If you feel there is something important worth mentioning, do not hesitate.
 
I feel misguided by reading college guidebooks, and even taking the tours. They take you through the best parts of the college. It is hard to get the truth out of colleges being in the position I am in.  You have been there, and know more than I do about the selection process at Law School, and Law Firms.
 
Your help is appreciated,
 
John
 
P.S. Do you recommend any schools? Do you support Bush's nomination of Roberts for Chief Justice?"
 
Please jump in with comments to advise "John."

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