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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU v. UCLA
« on: May 04, 2007, 01:35:18 PM »
This is a pointless discussion.  Obviously NYU has more to offer.  In terms of prestige, there is no question that NYU wins by a long shot.  The point is, does almost no debt post-grad counter-balance the difference in prestige?  While academia, clerkships, etc might be a bit harder to achieve from UCLA, they're not impossible.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I know a number of students with federal clerkships (on the 9th Circuit, no less) lined up.  I know 2Ls who have secured summer jobs at V10 firms in NEW YORK.  Yes, they're all fantastic students, but the fact that they've secured these jobs coming from UCLA comes as no shock to anyone here, which means that their situations are not outside UCLA's realm of reasonable possibilities.  This suggests that the OP would not necessarily permanently shut doors by coming to UCLA.  They just might be harder to open than they would coming from NYU.  But again, almost no debt after law school could make up for any added difficulties in achieving those goals.

I attend UCLA.  I have my first choice job lined up in NYC this summer.  Would I have gone to NYU if I had gotten in?  Probably.  But do I feel like my job prospects and opportunities are severely hindered by being at UCLA?  Absolutely not.  Therefore, if personal circumstances (such as a fat scholarship) render UCLA a good fit, the OP would not be committing career suicide by coming here.  The jobs she/he aspires to are still viable options here.  I think that's what the OP wanted to know.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: NYU v. UCLA
« on: May 02, 2007, 12:01:03 AM »
As a 1L at UCLA with aspirations to end up on the east coast after law school, I honestly anticipate a relatively smooth journey.  I know a good number of 2L's who are spending their summers at top NY firms this summer (and when I say top, I mean TOP!).  I realize anecdotal evidence is hardly reliable, but most UCLA grads aspire to stay in SoCal after graduation, so it's difficult to truly assess how portable the degree is.  I'll just say that everyone I know who wanted to leave CA this summer had no problem finding a great job out of state.  I also know of a good number of people with federal clerkships lined up post-grad.  Granted, they are top students, but you would have to be a top student at NYU as well.  This board definitely has an east coast bias, so UCLA's prestige and true quality of education are often underrated.

I'll be real and agree that NYU is no contest when it comes to prestige.  There is definitely something to be said for it's current placement in the rankings and no doubt you'd have an easy time getting a good job.  But when making your decision, just know that a UCLA law degree does carry significant weight.  Getting a prestigious firm job would still be a reasonable and totally realistic aspiration.

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