Law School Discussion

Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: law2011 on May 23, 2008, 05:59:43 AM

Title: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: law2011 on May 23, 2008, 05:59:43 AM
I just got off some waitlists and so I have the good fortune to have some choices. Any idea as to which one I should take up? I have an interest in international law, but none of them really specialize in that. I probably won't be working in any of the areas directly around the law school (I plan on working in NYC/ DC/ or LA). Any ideas?

Choices: Boston College, Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Notre Dame
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: Upset T14 Student on May 23, 2008, 06:30:43 AM
Its up to you...lots of similarities...best alumni network by far is ND...I'd scratch BC pretty easily...BU is in a much better part of Boston and has better opportunities...WUSTL is up an coming but might care a little to much about US news rankings...What do you want?
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: happypeople on May 23, 2008, 06:55:56 AM
Boston University, if you want to stay on the East Cosat
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: tommy1 on May 23, 2008, 09:09:07 AM
go for ND

its your best choice....for wherever you want to end up after school..

it leaves you with the most option after school
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: bruinbro on May 23, 2008, 09:45:46 AM
I just got off some waitlists and so I have the good fortune to have some choices. Any idea as to which one I should take up? I have an interest in international law, but none of them really specialize in that. I probably won't be working in any of the areas directly around the law school (I plan on working in NYC/ DC/ or LA). Any ideas?

Choices: Boston College, Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Notre Dame

Very similar schools. Did any of the bunch offer you money?
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: wustl3l on May 23, 2008, 09:50:10 AM
They are all pretty similar. You could make arguments for any of them. I'd go to whevever you feel most comfortable and/or is cheapest.

With regards to international law, not sure if you saw this new program WUSTL has:

http://law.wustl.edu/international/index.asp?id=6377


Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: law2011 on May 23, 2008, 02:58:46 PM
WUSTL and ND offered me money, but if the career prospects are radically different, I have some savings and loans to fall back on. BU also might offer money, but since I was just admitted from their waitlist, I haven't received notification of scholarship or financial aid money yet.

As for WUSTL's international law program, I applied to that but didn't get in.

So I'm understanding that the general consensus here is ND or BU? Those are the biggest national names?
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: remiz22 on May 23, 2008, 03:16:37 PM
WUSTL and ND offered me money, but if the career prospects are radically different, I have some savings and loans to fall back on. BU also might offer money, but since I was just admitted from their waitlist, I haven't received notification of scholarship or financial aid money yet.

As for WUSTL's international law program, I applied to that but didn't get in.

So I'm understanding that the general consensus here is ND or BU? Those are the biggest national names?

I would say take the money at WUSTL or ND. Have you visited either or both?
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: bamf on May 23, 2008, 07:29:58 PM
Man, it is amusing how wrong the top 4 posters are ...
First off, when you say "international law" to what are you referring?  If you mean something business related, I would look simply at the best large firm placement, which from thlist is going to be eithe BC or BU.
If you mean something more diplomacy/ NGO/ non-profit related, I would scratch BU first then take a look at the specific programs offered by each school.  If I remember correctly ND has a very extensive program in London.  BC also has a London program through Kings college; we also have a program with the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia (deals with war crimes from the soviet and post-soviet era in the balkans).

Now, I'm not going to get into any arguments about placement or BU being "in a better part of Boston" but I am just going to point out that this thread contains some of the most empty and useless advice I have seen on this board in a logn time.

These 4 schools are all comparable.  They are somewhere between regional and national, they have good, not great, names and reputations.  You need to visit, talk to actual students, talk to the administration and get REAL information, not this "ND is NATIONAL!!! Everyone has heard of that school!!!" word of mouth junk.
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on May 24, 2008, 05:57:49 PM
Man, it is amusing how wrong the top 4 posters are ...
First off, when you say "international law" to what are you referring?  If you mean something business related, I would look simply at the best large firm placement, which from thlist is going to be eithe BC or BU.
If you mean something more diplomacy/ NGO/ non-profit related, I would scratch BU first then take a look at the specific programs offered by each school.  If I remember correctly ND has a very extensive program in London.  BC also has a London program through Kings college; we also have a program with the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunals for Yugoslavia (deals with war crimes from the soviet and post-soviet era in the balkans).

Now, I'm not going to get into any arguments about placement or BU being "in a better part of Boston" but I am just going to point out that this thread contains some of the most empty and useless advice I have seen on this board in a logn time.

These 4 schools are all comparable.  They are somewhere between regional and national, they have good, not great, names and reputations.  You need to visit, talk to actual students, talk to the administration and get REAL information, not this "ND is NATIONAL!!! Everyone has heard of that school!!!" word of mouth junk.

Whew.  Someone stepped up with a rational response to all the BC bashing in this thread.
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: mathlete on May 24, 2008, 09:12:07 PM
% of people outraged at BC bashing: 22
% of those people who also happen to be attending BC: 100
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: UnoriginalAndrew on May 24, 2008, 09:21:13 PM
% of people outraged at BC bashing: 22
% of those people who also happen to be attending BC: 100

Your point? I wouldn't be outraged if someone was bashing any other school, from Yale to Florida Coastal.  Someone would have to say something truly absurd for me to even really care what they said.  I don't suspect I'm alone in this regard.
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: UVAnProud2L on May 25, 2008, 12:13:49 PM
ND does decently in Chicago but it's not national. and trolls, please don't bring up the same argument about ND placing students in NY and CA because a lot of placement stats are about self-selection. they could be placing people in temp jobs across the nation for all we know

to the OP: all of these schools are fine choices and it's really about which location you enjoy the most and which one is giving you the most money. none of them have a significant advantage over the others
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: Aristone07 on May 25, 2008, 04:02:29 PM
If you plan on working in NYC/DC or LA, I would say to get rid of WUSTL and ND.  They are both great schools, but BC and BU seem to be quite portable degrees into two of those markets (NYC especially, DC somewhat).  From all these schools you need to do quite well to go to LA...so why not go to BC or BU (where, if you do not manage top 10-25%, you can still go to NYC or DC). 

As to the BC/BU debate...they're completely comparable.  Neither will aid you in your pursuit of "international law", but will have some classes or clinics geared toward that.  The general consensus has been that BC does marginally better in Boston and BU does marginally better in NYC...take that with a grain of salt. 

As for the better part of the city belonging to BU...I'd say it depends on what you are looking for.  BU is more accessible to downtown, but the law school itself has pretty atrocious facilities (but fabulous views).  BC is further out, most people have cares, but the facilities are pretty amazing and the campus is quite nice.

My advice:  visit the four schools and see which one you feel more at home with...they each have a different feel.  Also take into account $$.  They are all good schools and offer comparable employment stats.  Don't let people sway you with them saying "GO TO SCHOOL X...IT'S THE BEST" when they, themselves, actually attend School X.  It's not exactly impartial.
Title: Re: Where should I go? BC/ BU/ WUSTL/ ND
Post by: cs_rudy on May 28, 2008, 09:44:08 AM

Neither will aid you in your pursuit of "international law", but will have some classes or clinics geared toward that. 

To the OP:

As always, take everything anyone says on this board with a grain of salt. You didn't decide to go to law school because of these people, so don't decide which school to go to because of them. As this thread has repeatedly shown, many people just rep their own schools. And many times, their facts are plainly wrong. BU, for example, has 12 study abroad programs. It hardly follows that it will not "aid you in your pursuit of 'international law'". Whatever you do, make up your mind soon. Seat deposits suck.