« on: March 20, 2007, 06:56:47 PM »
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I haven't been planning on doing govt or public interest work straight out of law school, but you never know... I do want to keep an open mind. I've been leaning towards DePaul lately - but I am concerned about them not having a LRAP set up...
(that's--- loan - repayment - assistance - program --- i take it the terms really vary with each school, but generally, they pay (or at least help to pay) your bills if you're making less than 40K a year and meet the other terms needed to qualify
IF ANYONE CAN SHED ADDITIONAL LIGHT ON THESE PROGRAMS IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Its been said before, but I will say it again...
Law school is a numbers game. You don't have to stand out. You WILL get in to W & M with those numbers- most likely with $$$
Reall? My numbers seem pretty average.
I think it might be Haram to wonder, but the only school that gave me money was my top choice (minnesota). What does this mean? I plan to work in the public sector so I really don't care too much about the whole HYS thing... but this makes me wonder if I should have applied higher.
Sorry, absolutely should have said what I want to do, and from the postings thus far this may tip the scales significantly (though perhaps not that much).
I want to live and practice in NYC after graduation, probably biglaw litigation and then (maybe) prosecutorial work. Obviously at Michigan that track would be no problem. I'm less clear on whether it's actually a *disadvantage* to go to NYC from UT, in that the percentages of people going from UT to NYC seems to be biased by a self-selecting Texas-centric student body. I'd like to clerk, but have no interest in academia. I'm very interested in things like this (from Drew P): "A cousin from a San Francisco BIGLAW firm said to them they'd both look only at top 10% from either school whereas his Chicago big firm would look at Michigan top 25% and Texas top 10%." That seems like a huge difference, if true.
If Texas doesn't place much on the east coast simply because most of their students want to stay in Texas, that wouldn't seem to be a disadvantage. If, however, it's because firms look at a smaller number of students or, even worse, simply don't recruit from UT, that's a problem.
i'd be out of state and would ideally like to end up in DC, NYC, or ATL in a big firm for at least a few years...Does Texas really get that much credit outside the state and is it worth turning down $$ at those other schools??
Of course, I'm not saying UT places poorly in Texas. That would be dumb.
The OP never said where he/she wants to live or what he/she wants to do as a lawyer. These might influence decisions. Michigan casts the wider net (compared to UT), though, in terms of national clout and placement in pretty much anything.