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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hastings or Santa Clara?
« on: February 01, 2007, 04:02:11 PM »
i disagree a bit with the previous poster re: reputation. hastings' rep is awesome, particularly in the bay area, and i feel it would have a greater impact than Santa Clara's in NYC.

we're someone in the same boat - in at hastings, 18K at SCU....

but i'm a native san franciscan so the idea of living in silicon valley doesn't really appeal to me.

hastings civ lit program is awesome, plus it would be easier to get summer associate positions in the city through them. visit the campuses. talk to "real" students (not just tour guides, etc.) and see what feels better.

oh, and i feel you on the boalt factor. i'm scared to check my mail for the rejection letter...

yay for people in the same boat as me!! hell, until today i didn't even know which of my accepted schools to drop (there are only 6 slots for school codes on the FAFSA).

uc hastings you can use a macbook + win xp (via bootcamp) to take laptop exams. at SCU, you can use it in class, but not during exams (because boot camp is in "beta"). however, the deans are going to re-evaluate that policy in summer '07. also, apple is most likely going to release OSX Leopard in mid-June (at the WWDC), where BootCamp should finally be a final version. i'd rather have a macbook than a PC laptop. but i don't want THAT to be my deciding factor, haha. oi... =/

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hastings or Santa Clara?
« on: February 01, 2007, 03:26:40 PM »
I'd think that if you got a $20k scholarship from SCU, you'd have a decent shot at UCLA. I may be off, but I hope not for my own chances. But if it does come down to these two, I'd have a hard time choosing SCU over Hastings. In fact, if I get into Hastings, I plan on withdrawing from SCU (although my scholarship from SCU is only half of yours).

I think w/ my scholarship my yearly tuition at SCU would be ~$13k. At Hastings, ~$23k. A savings of ~$30k over three years does sound pretty enticing.

In terms of city life, Santa Clara/San Jose < San Francisco. I might just say F it and commute from SF, heh.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hastings or Santa Clara?
« on: February 01, 2007, 03:22:31 PM »
Both good schools.

Are you Catholic, or atleast more conservative/traditional?  Santa Clara mightr suit you better.  Do you want to be in the epicenter of a major national center of business, commerce and law?  Hastings is in downtown SF.

Santa Clara seems to be a bit better known (I am in Portland), but I would say that they are both good schools.  Visit each campus, sit in in 1L classes, and decide which place feels right.


I'm Agnostic, but grew up Catholic. I currently live in San Francisco (used to live 8ish blocks away from Hastings, but moved to the other side of the city).

The conservative nature doesn't bother me too much (although it did deter me from applying to Pepperdine-- although my 1L friend there says it's not *too* bad). I currently have a pretty kickass rent situation in San Francisco, and although I live about 45 minutes away from Hastings via bus, I plan on getting a scooter so transportation wouldn't be bad at all.

You're completely right, I'm going to have to visit each one.

Choosing the Right Law School / Hastings or Santa Clara?
« on: February 01, 2007, 02:58:25 PM »
Long time reader, first time poster. I post this topic after searching past threads re: all the schools I'm interested in.

Not fully decided, but would either like to go into Intellectual Property, or Civil Litigation/Tort Law (which is what the firm that I currently work for specializes in). Also plan to practice in California or New York (or both). Re: the schools, I've been accepted into both. Even though I'm broke money is no object for my education, however I've been awarded a $20,000 renewable scholarship at Santa Clara. If anything that makes this decision more difficult.

Oh, this assumes I don't get into my "fantasy 3" (UCLA/Duke/Boalt). I also received that "initial pass" email from Dean Tom at Boalt. No word from the other two yet...
Santa Clara has a renowned IP Certificate Program, but Hastings has a good civil litigation curriculum. And even though Hastings has a wider alumni base, Santa Clara ranks higher in terms of employment-at-graduation. Also I would assume Santa Clara's "tight knit" private school alumni network also has its advantages. I know successful attorneys that have graduated from both schools as well.

Any information or comments would be most helpful.

Good luck to everyone, hope someone responds!

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