« on: March 26, 2004, 09:54:18 AM »
I've been scratching my head for a week now trying to decide which of my backup schools is going to get my seat deposit money. April 1 is deadline for decision.
I've re-read everything I can about both schools in an attempt to find one difference between these schools that would suggest that one is definitely going to benefit me more than the other should I need to attend my backup school.
Cal Western didn't offer any money. TJSL offered a 50% ride the first year, and if I stay in top 30% of class, I can renew, etc. The money alone isn't enough to cause me to pick one school over the other.
Both schools appear to have approximately equal stats when it comes to historical bar passage rates and employement rates. Their facilities seem equal. Their environment seems equal. Everything I read about them is about the same. However, there are some differences I have noticed, and maybe those reading this post can identify other differences.
Cal Western is an older school with a broader reputation. However, TJSL's professors seem to be have attended better schools (harvard, yale, etc.), whereas Cal. Western's prof's came from lesser reputable schools. TJSL seems to be on the rise in reputation, and was recently noted as being a hot up and coming school...bang for the buck kind of place. Sorry, I don't remember the source :-(
I suppose what I really want to figure out is which school is going to be the best from which to launch a legal career. Am I going to be able to get a job as an attorney when I graduate? For arguments sake, let's assume I graduate in the top 20% of my class. Conventional wisdom says that top 10% at any school is going to get you a job at graduation, so let's say I do a little worse than that.
Your opinions are greatly valued.