« on: February 22, 2008, 01:46:47 AM »
Hey everyone. I am new to this board but I am of the opinion that you can never have too few opinions so I was hoping some of you might be willing to lend some perspective on the PA schools I am considering.
Having recently visited Penn State, Villanova and Temple I am left with the feeling that I can't really make a very poor decision with respect to my legal education (I'm sure someone will tell me how wrong I am about that).
My feeling at this point is that I'd like to steer clear of firm jobs and look towards a gov't job of some sort at the federal, state or local level although I would like to leave the door open to law firm possibilities when making my choice.
Penn State offered me $20,000 a year and only $5,000 is conditioned on being in the top 50% the rest is without condition. I've read a few posts where people mentioned that Penn State is throwing money at people, obviously I could be an obvious manifestation of that however at $20,000 a year am I getting a good value based on future job prospects?
Villanova seemed like an good school, the class I sat in on was very good the professor was nice enough to talk to me after class. I know it is pricier and it may well be out of consideration depending on how much need based aid they think I am worth. Is it worth inquiring about a scholarship this late or anything? Like Penn State they are constructing a new law building, their current one was decent but felt like a high school somewhat. The area around Villanova is the big draw in that it is much safer than my next choice!
Temple seems to be everyones favorite as far as having the best T2 reputation in Philly. They seemed to have a very solid school, the professor I met was very down to earth which was a pleasant surprise. However from a safety perspective while I was visiting there was a shooting in the subway station just a few blocks away from campus! Plus I will admit to being somewhat of a city-phobe I am unsure of attending a school in such a dangerous area of the city even with the in-state tuition discount!( Some members family would surely have a heart attack if I decided to go to Temple)
I qualify for in-state tuition at Temple
Finally, I have a tempting offer from Widener a T4 in Harrisburg. They offered me full tuition plus 5k/yr for living expenses. The idea of being paid to go to a school is quite alluring. In addition Widener seems to have a decent local reputation despite its T4 status. Obviously the job prospects would not be as good, nor would the prestige be as high but I feel as though there would be jobs in gov't available to Widener-Harrisburg students.
I appreciate any light anyone can shed on the great many issues/schools I discussed! Thank you for any input!