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Incoming 1Ls / Admit day at Wash U?
« on: March 29, 2004, 08:21:57 AM »
Did anyone go to the Admitted Students Day at Wash U. last Friday?  Any impressions?

Incoming 1Ls / How much $ for living expenses?
« on: March 22, 2004, 06:53:33 PM »
How much money is everyone borrowing for living expenses for your first year?  I know it will depend on your location, but I'm curious.

Hi everyone,

I'm in my late 20s and planning to start law school this fall.  I don't have a family right now, but I hope to sometime.  I'm female, and since I'll be in my 30s by the time I get out, I'm concerned that my start-a-family time is going to coincide with my work-crazy-long-hours as a new lawyer time, and that it's not going to work.

Are any of you facing the same sorts of issues?  Have any of you found examples of people who can get jobs with reasonable hours right out of law school?  What kinds of jobs?

I'm deciding whether to go to a top 15 or a top 30 school (both are in the region where I'd like to work; money and personal issues are causing me to consider the top 30 school).  One reason many people think I should go to the higher-ranked school is so that I have a better chance of getting into a top law firm.

My questions:  What does that mean, in practical terms?  Is it just more prestige?  More money?  How much more?  Better working conditions?  More interesting work?  What's less desirable about the non-top law firms?  Will I be unable to get a decent firm job at all if I go to a lesser school?  What's the difference between "Big Law" and Not-Big-Law?

Also, I know reduced geographic mobility coming out of the lower-ranked school is an issue, but are we talking, "can't get a prestigious job outside the region" or "can't get any decent job outside the region"?

I know there are other good reasons to go to the "better" school--clerkships, contacts, etc.--but the "top firm" argument is the one that I need clarified.

Thanks for any help.

Choosing the Right Law School / Wash U for free vs. Northwestern
« on: March 19, 2004, 04:43:23 PM »
I've been offered a full-tuition scholarship plus a $5,000 stipend at Washington University and a $20,000/yr scholarship at Northwestern.  I can't decide!  I hate the idea of being in massive debt, but I don't want to regret not going to the best school possible.

I'll probably stay in the midwest, but I'd like to be able to go to Chicago easily and not be St. Louis-bound.

Any advice is appreciated.

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