« on: March 31, 2009, 10:10:08 AM »
So far the two highest ranking schools I got are Iowa and Wisconsin. Which one should I choose?
My interest is in corporate law, and intellectual property is also an option, considering I have engineering education. In the future I might practice back in Asia, but I'm not sure if the US IP firms have much to do in Asian countries.
First of all, I'm still on two waitlists and several schools haven't responded. If I do accept any school, will they notify the other schools to end the review of my applications? (I remember that's the case with many Early Decisions...)
Iowa vs Wisconsin:
both are 'regional' law schools with job placement mostly in Midwest. I'm totally fine with working in Chicago if I could get a job there.
Madison seems more fun and closer to Chicago, but a lot Colder?
even though I suppose I wouldn't have much time to enjoy it, Madison looks more attractive with the tennis courts, shopping malls, the outlets within reach, and the shorter distance to the attractions of Chicago metro... I heard Iowa City is very boring? (well I'm not into parties so I was never into college towns.)
I'll pay full tuitions for both, around $33k. Any of them would charge in-state tuition from the 2nd year? anyway, this would affect my decision too much.
I'm an international student so I certainly would be happier on a more diversed and friendly campus.
some other options I have are:
Case Western Reserve
Lewis and Clark (OR)
DePaul U (IL)
Northeastern U (MA)
St. Jones (NYC)
some of them provide financial aid. are these worth going?
I'm still dreaming of transferring to T14 or T20 after working hard in the 1st year. However, I hear 1L GPA is hard to predict, sometimes even random? So if I failed to transfer, staying in Iowa or Wisconsin and finishing the degree there sounds like a better option.
My bottom line is to get a decent job after graduation, hopefully around a nice metro area.