« 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...
The thing is they vary so wildly school to school it's hard to say. I have spent a lot of time looking into these because I am planning on gov't work. You should ask any school you're considering the tough questions. I called up the financial aid office and asked 2 questions after I could not find it in all the fine print.
Also, many schools (Georgetown for me) seem to try to make it sound so complicated that you'll have no idea what it takes to qualify. It's a confusing thing but call the school and get real information.
« on: March 19, 2007, 01:09:30 AM »
Its been said before, but I will say it again...
It's a matter of actually scoring that high on the LSAT. You must do tons of times LSATs in realisticish testing setting. I think your major is nice in that it's different but it's probably not going to make a huge difference.
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.
They were probably more LSAT centric than some others. Who knows? Congrats!
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).
In your situation I'd go to Michigan. The 25% vs. 10% thing was for a Chicago firm not NY, but I'm sure Michigan holds more weight in the NYC big firm circles than does Texas as well. May not be as stark as the Chicago difference but that's what it was for his firm.
It's just a matter of specific taste then. UT is ranked higher and generally known to be better (in Law circles) than those 2 schools. I think though, it's basically a wash. UT = slightly better education for slightly higher cost. Just decide which is the best fit. I'd personally choose GW if I was out-of-state and not particularly interested in staying as long as their scholarship was renewable.
Out-of-state Texas tuiton I'd take GW.
IN-state I'd probably take Texas unless I was set on living in the east, then I'd take GW. It seems to get more credit in the DC area then it deserves. (Don't get me wrong, it's a great school but it gets EVEN MORE credit there, or so they say)
Of course, I'm not saying UT places poorly in Texas. That would be dumb.
You're right. Michigan is accepted as a better school. I think sometimes people overestimate just how much people care about that difference but yes Michigan is a better school and they seem to be better at placing you at BIGLAW (and other areas as well), especially if you're looking to work outside of Texas.
Location Location Location.
If you're not going to Harvard Yale or Stanford location needs to be a factor. And if you're going to tier 2 or 3 or 4 geographic location should be your MAIN factor because odds are very good you'll be working there.