« on: April 10, 2004, 04:53:45 PM »
Wash U's my top choice because:
a) i'm still waiting to hear from my "real" top choice, Michigan, and I don't like to just assume that they'll take me :-p
b) i go to wash u undergrad, so the transition would be really easy. i know st. louis. i know where to find nice apartments. it's cheap to live here. i know lots of people here already.
c) st. louis isn't a HUGE city, but it beats bloomington hands down...
i'm still waiting to hear from--but expecting to be accepted to--other comparable schools like GW and Illinois, but I think i still prefer Wash U over them (for purely personal reasons). Also, I'm on the preferred wait list at Georgetown, and I hear that that means I have a good chance of being admitted. But again, I'm trying to plan as if I won't be.
Another thing I'm considering is my placement in the class... I'm much more comfortable being able to jockey for a high class rank at Indiana than I am at some of these other schools.
Public interest is something I would want to enter into later in my career i think. For now I am focusing on private firms. Actually, before that I want to get a clerkship, which makes me nervous because I know it's MUCH harder to secure clerkships from outside the top 10. I don't want to practice in Indiana--I want to practice on the east coast or in large midwestern cities (like Chicago or St. Louis). I'm sure that top of the class IU grads can compete just fine in the midwest, but I'm not so sure about east coast.
I'm paying for law school. It would be awesome to graduate with zero debt. In my mind it's worth the debt for Michigan or Georgetown, if either of those pan out. But I'm having a hard time figuring out if it's worth it for these other schools.