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Take my comments for what they're worth, but I faced a similar decision and from what I gathered, Chicago's name far outshines the other two. Depends, of course, on your career goals, but if you are looking at a top firm, clerkship, academia, etc., Chicago is the clear choice. Chicago's faculty is also among the top two or three in the nation.
I also feared the being worked to death issue, but while visiting w/ current students they very emphatically conveyed the notion that 1L is hard like everywhere else and 2L and 3L are much, much easier b/c all you need is a "ranking" (there are no actual rankings at Chicago) around the median of the class to get your pick of jobs at virtually any firm in any city in the country. For me, that and all the other benefits I saw when I visited outweighed the money (and location) benefits of UVa and Duke.
There are no class rankings at Chicago. From what I've been told, w/ a Chicago degree you'll place great anywhere, especially Chicago or DC--even if you're in the middle of your class. There's only a 190/class anyway.
« on: April 20, 2005, 01:47:07 AM »
I'm just pumped that there's a group of us to share ideas and look forward to being 1Ls together in the fall. I've heard similar things from those that have visited Columbia and Chicago; they all pretty much say Chicago has a much better feel and looks to be a more rigorous, close-knit intellectual community. Yeah us.
« on: April 19, 2005, 10:33:52 AM »
hk04, I'm SO not the gunner type. I'd have to have a clue before that would be possible I've been told by some current students that in order to prep I should just HAVE FUN this summer to ensure I come in fresh b/c 1L is hard enough. So I'm not sure quite yet. They did say to make sure you have mad typing skills for exams.
Russiankitty, my only concerns were really w/ debt and those have since been overcome by talking to all the current students that explained how being in the middle of the class GUARANTEED them the job of their choice in the city of their choice. Now obviously they're biased, but they said they were blown away come interview time b/c the firms really wanted Harvard, Yale, Chicago. They were being sought out more than they had to seek. They all got GREAT jobs wherever they wanted, just by being average. Remember, no class ranks! Also, as far as econ goes, I think that's a speciality of the school but not necessarily something they require in every class. Don't think it would be a big deal, but that's just my $.02.
« on: April 10, 2005, 01:12:50 PM »
I'm definitely psyched and hope to be well prepared... but am not quite sure how to go about it. I've thought of reading some cases in "Examples and Explanations" but don't know if that's the best way to go about it. Any ideas everyone?
« on: April 07, 2005, 11:46:01 AM »
Me four and AMEN on the reading assignment. NOT the way I would want things to get started. Check my avatar and look for my face--there won't be TOO many people there I don't think. Any way we can recognize one another?