« on: January 23, 2007, 07:55:17 PM »
I know that this has been covered before. However, I'd like to perhaps get some input from current 1Ls from each school.
My current situation is that I got into both schools with the same scholarship offer. However, Pitt's is unconditional and Temple's is conditional upon a 2.5. Does anyone know what the curve is like at Temple? In the end, each school's cost of attendance is very similar after scholarship and COL is considered.
I have a slight inclination towards Temple. Philly seems as if it has a bigger legal market, seems livlier, and is closer to my friends and family.
Here's how I am weighing the pros and cons of each school.
-In Philly, larger legal market, better economy in general.
-Slightly higher ranked, although the difference is inconsequential.
-Top trial advocacy program.
-close(r) to my home.
-Scholarship is conditional.
-In a bigger legal market, but perhaps is crowded by other grads? Ei. U Penn, Villa, Rutgers, etc.?
-In a very bad part of Philly - or so I hear.
-Higher cost of living.
-Admissions office has been stellar in every way.
-Top dog in Pittsburgh legal market.
-City is cheaper to live in.
-Farther from home, roughly 4.5 hr drive.
-Uncertain how well they place outside of Pittsburgh.
-Slightly lower ranked, but as i mentioned, nots a big diff.
I have until April to decide. Its going to be a tough one for sure. Please add to the pros and cons for each school if youd like. I am mainly concerned with each school's placement, average salaries and what most firms look for at OCI from each school (ei. only top 10%, top 25%), grade curves, and general impressions of each school (especially from 1Ls).
Thanks all. Respek.
Got accepted to Wisconsin. This was a total reach for me so I wasn't even thinking about even attending. But now Ive got some serious decisions to make. I guess my main concern with Wisconsin is, whether it is well respected enough for it to carry potentially to the East Coast legal market. I may already have an "in" at a V100 firm now, (im a paralegal right now for one. But Im wondering how well a UW-Mad JD would carry to other DC/NY/Philly firms. I know 57.6% of grads stick around WI. But i know this is largely due to self-selection....i wonder - of those who do try to get out to the coats, how well they do.