Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf Mangera
How does one choose a school of fiqh to study?
In the name of Allah, the Inspirer of truth,
Choosing a school to study and follow is a decision which should be based on accessibility of material and scholars of that school, rather than anything else.
It is difficult to say which the easiest school to follow is. Each school has certain issues which would be considered more difficult than what is fond in another school and some issues which would be considered easier.
Hence, inquire around your area to see what is the madhhab that most people follow and have access to. If there are proficient scholars of the Hanafi school found in your area, then take up that school by learning the basics rules of everyday worship from them or by reading a text under their guidance then consult them on any deeper issues that arise.
Likewise, if you find scholars from the Shafi’i or Maliki school, and have access to them or the relevant materials then adopt that school.
May Allah guide you to do what is best and most beneficial for you.
Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf