« on: March 14, 2011, 03:21:29 PM »
Personally? I'd say OSU.
For one thing, they have a better football team.
I know that being in the top 1/3 of your class sounds like a modest goal, but honestly, who knows? If you go to a school that fits your academic profile, the reality is that pretty much everybody there will be roughly as smart as you are. So, being in the top 1/3? I can pretty much assure you that every single person who got accepted thinks they're top 1/3 material. 2/3 of them are wrong.
Ohio State's requirements to renew the scholarship seem much, much more reasonable, IMHO.
If you take the Pepperdine scholly, you may find yourself having to pay sticker price for 2 or even 2.5 years of your degree.
Plus, frankly, OSU is a better school. Will it open doors to a totally different strata of jobs than Pepperdine? Personally, I doubt it, but it is the better school, which means that all other things being equal, a degree from OSU will carry slightly more weight than a Pepperdine degree.
Now, that having been said: time is the stuff life is made of. If you want to spend 3 years in a dreary midwest city, versus perhaps the coolest part of the world, that's a real factor and I think you're right to consider it.
And when you graduate, yes, OSU and Pepperdine grads practice law all over the world, but OSU grads are going to be geographically concentrated in Ohio and the midwest. Pepperdine grads will be concentrated in California.
Where do you want to live?
Personally, I don't consider those silly questions. You don't want to be 70 years old thinking, "Man, I've had to waste my life with these corn-fed midwestern trogs, when I could have been at the beach checking out scantily clad waitresses waiting for their big break into the movie industry". Or, if you're a woman, put in the appropriate gender-based generalities in there, too.
Personally, I love Ohio. Lived here 3/4 of my life. I'm not an OSU grad, but the ones I know are really happy that they went there. Sports teams may seem like a frivolous reason to go to a school, but OSU grads party their asses off when the football season rolls around and now, they party when the basketball season comes, too. They not only enjoyed their time at OSU, but it enhanced their enjoyment of life afterwards.
That having been said, the industrial midwest is a dreary-assed place to be. It's friggin' depressing, here. California is in the toilet right now, too, but I guarantee, they'll be recovered and wiping their asses with C-notes a loooong time before the industrial midwest recovers.
So, basically, from a law-school/lawstudent perspective, you should go to OSU. But I wouldn't blame you if, from a quality of life perspective, you picked Pepperdine.