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Utah or BYU

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Re: Utah or BYU
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2005, 08:49:41 PM »
The "offering my place" thing is silly. Either I get in on my strength as an applicant or I don't get in at all. I happen to believe I am a very strong applicant; however, I also think the whole admissions process in general is a crapshoot. If Utah drops to a tier two school, I honestly do not care. The USNWR rankings are, at best, subject to criticism, and are, at worst, complete malarkey.  So there you have it.  Please go where you will be happy, but this school bashing thing is just plain wrong.  Cooley gets more heat than any other school on LSD, but check out the placements long term. If you go to Yale or Harvard, the rules don't apply, but any school ranked below those and you've got to make your own way eventually, I promise.  Go where you feel comfortable.  LSD and XOXO are weird environments made up of a bunch of ultra-obsessive pre- law students.  Visit. Compare. Talk to alums. Make your own choices.

Re: Utah or BYU
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2005, 07:12:02 AM »
Good discussion.  This has been helpful to see what everyone thinks.  Witter, I think you are correct in that no matter where you go, you have to make your own way anyway.  MeliBelly, part of my preference for Utah over BYU is also a matter of living much closer to the U than the Y.  I really need to take a day off work and go see both campuses.  MarkGrace, I applied early December and heard back later January.

Re: Utah or BYU
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2005, 09:49:01 AM »
That make your own way comment is misleading.  Does anyone here think it doesn't matter what law school you attend?  BYU, like Ohio State, has a very strong alumni network makes the job searching that much easier.

Re: Utah or BYU
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2005, 10:44:44 AM »
I think it only matters to a point.  If you know what you want to do and where you want to do it then you just choose the cheapest school with the best quality of life for you.  If you want to have the absolute MOST doors open to you then you go for prestige and other factors such as placement in a variety of fields i.e. academia, clerkships, government, public interest and private practice.  In the case of the U v BYU.  They are similar in some respects and completely different in others.  I have a bad taste in my mouth from the U because I emailed them a couple of questions and they didn't reply.  I emailed UCLA and NYU similar questions and heard back much quicker even though they have like many times more applicants and certainly more obsessive applicants who email questions.  Other than that I have never been to the law school.  I have been to the regular campus it is alright.