Hello all! I am new to this forum and was hoping to have a few questions answered by you knowledgeable people :)
I am currently a California community college student and I am applying to transfer this semester. My question (as the subject line indicates) is what impact does your undergrad school choice have on law school admissions? I know this is a very general question so I will try and narrow it a bit. My goal (along with everyone else) is to eventually go to either Harvard, Yale, or Stanford law school. The schools I will be applying to for undergrad are Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. Given that none of these schools are really considered "elite" (Duke, Princeton, other ivy leagues) does it really matter which I go to?
The reason for my concern is that I know how law schools are focused on numbers and I want to put myself in the best position to do well. For example, I am a political science major and while UCLA has a good reputation as a school I have heard from other political science students there that the program is awful and as a result they are not doing well. On the other hand a school like UC San Diego is a less prestigious school but they supposedly have a great political science program.
I guess the heart of my question is whether or not I should go for name recognition or the best political science department so that I can excel in that program. Also, like I said before, since none of these schools are "elite" does it even really matter to law schools since they are relatively closely ranked?
Sorry for the long winded post! I appreciate and eagerly await your feedback!