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LOR's can be crucial. It all depends on who writes them. If you have a powerful alumnus write your letter to Harvard Law, you are deffinitly going to get a bump. Yf you apply to Michigan, and a visiting law professor at Michigan writes your letter, you might get a bump. If you interned for a senator and did substantial work for him/her, you might get a bump from a really good, targeted, personal letter. Letters can matter.
Do most people's letters matter? Not really, as most people simply don't have letters that are from the genre of people cited above.
« on: April 27, 2006, 04:16:56 PM »
Yeah, VA has so many good law schools. UVA, W&L, W&M, GMU... UBalt would be way down the pecking order.
But if she's cool with working in Baltimore for a few years, she can transfer to another office after a while.
« on: April 27, 2006, 12:10:26 AM »
I just want to make it clear that my opinion about this isn't based on any statistical evidence at all. Its just a stupid guess. But here's my logic:
Some people buy the geographic diversity argument and some don't. So yeah... maybe he won't have a better chance at getting that NYC job coming from Miami... but he won't have a worse chance either. Maybe its a wash. I still think there's some merit to the argument that employers in NYC see tons of Seton Hall resumes... they're probably more likely to give a Miami grad a look... just because they don't see that many resumes from Miami. Granted, more Seton Hall grads work in NYC-- I totally see that.
I guess I'd phrase it this way: I don't think Seton Hall provides the OP with an advantage over Miami (in terms of getting a good job in NYC).
Half the world (apparently) wants to work in NYC... so you have all the grads from other top schools... then people from Columbia, Fordham, Brooklyn, Cardozo. Granted, I think Seton Hall has a better reputation than schools like New York Law, St. Johns, Hofstra, etc... but some of those schools probably have NYC connections that are just as good SHU's, if not better. So Seton Hall's position on the NYC food chain isn't very high.
If he wanted to work in NJ, I would have said Seton Hall no doubt. But we're talking New York. In a situation where neither schools really gives him a legitimate advantage at landing a job in NYC, I'd go to Miami.
« on: April 26, 2006, 09:52:35 PM »
Almost a full scholarship, but Miami is a much better school. Its roughly 30k more over the course of three years to attend Miami. But think about it... do you really want to spend three years in Newark? There are only two cities in America where I absolutely refuse to live: Camden and Newark. New Jersey...wow.
I think your chances of getting a good job in NYC are better coming from Miami. I know, that may be counterintuitive... but there are a ton of Seton Hall grads competing for jobs in in NYC/NJ... and its not viewed as that great of a school... but if your coming from Miami.. you may get a bump for geographic diversity.
Also, you could do 2 or 3 years at an office in Miami than latteral to an NYC office (If you've done high quality work and have a good relationship with your managing partner, that shouldn't be a problem).