Hey guys, my two choices are Vermont and UDM.
With UDM I'm already accepted to their dual JD/LLB program with the University of Windsor (3 yr program and I'll be a part of a select group of 50)and with Vermont Law I plan on completing their JD/DESS-DJCE with Cergy-Pontoise (4 yr program). Plus Vermont is known for their excellent environmental and international law program.
My question is that my first priority will be to transfer but ultimately if I can't or decide against it, which would school would you recommend going to. Also which school would be "better" to transfer from in terms of being accepted into a tier 1?
Transferring can be tuff, so whatever school you choose make sure you would be 100% happy graduating from there in case you donít get out. Second compare the grade curves at the two schools, the harder the grade curve the harder it will be to do well and transfer out.
As to the schools you listed UDM/Vermont, donít know anything about UDM, I considered Vermont for my self. If you really are 100% sure you want to do environmental law, and on the east cost that is a great school. A few things to keep in mind though, its in the middle of nowhere, you will need to travel for networking, and will need to budget to move each summer to get some legal experience. How long will your joint degree take? Will you be able to use every summer for legal work? If so that a lot of moving and extra money.
Personally I HATE moving. So I went to the school that offered me the best program I was interested in, in the biggest city I could find so I did not have to go far for networking/internships.
Think over your goals, where you want to live, what you want to do, and your tolerance for doing the things you need to do to get there, then choose the school that is best for you.
Thanks for the great advice, an amazing thing that's built into the program with Vermont is that I'll already have two summer internships while in France working with international firms. Our director of comparative law programs at Vermont has made a lot of connections at some high profile firms with intl offices and so we're connected that way.
Thing is that I want to work internationally, preferably for an American firm with an office in Paris and such.
With UDM I'd want to work in Canada because Windsor has a MUCH better rep over there than UDM does over here.