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General Board / Re: While you were sweating the law review, the legal industry was in full meltdown.« on: March 17, 2009, 09:38:41 AM »
Well, you have to understand that I come from a very small town, which is essentially a sort of insulated economy. My Mom's a realtor and is still doing fairly well with it, and we really haven't seen much of an effect here...
General Board / Re: While you were sweating the law review, the legal industry was in full meltdown.« on: March 16, 2009, 11:57:25 PM »
Not everybody wants a biglaw job....In my hometown, no attorneys have lost their jobs due to the financial situation.
« on: March 16, 2009, 01:24:30 PM »
Well, as a matter of full disclosure, I'm headed to Mercer this year. However...
Reasons for Mercer:
Based on my experiences, Mercer has been incredibly professional, helpful and friendly. I really believe that they are a great law school with a strong upward trend. As for the 4th in the state thing, Penn is overshadowed as well by Temple, U of Penn, Villanova and U of Pittsburgh. The difference of 30 ranking points isn't that much either, in all honesty...Not when they're both on the low end of the T100, anyway.
Reasons against Mercer:
Penn may be able to give you an in-state rate after the first year, and their tuition may be lower. Additionally, if you're looking for a bigger market, Penn can probably provide it for you. That being said, don't expect a biglaw job from either without doing some work.
« on: March 16, 2009, 12:04:10 PM »
Kennedy makes a great point. Even if you DO manage to get into one of the T100 schools, will you be able to graduate? It's not just a matter of working harder than everyone else, because everybody else will be working ridiculously hard too. There is a certain level of competency and logical reasoning required for law school, and there's no shame if you're not up to that task...But don't plop down 40k for something you may not be able to finish.
« on: March 16, 2009, 12:01:41 PM »
Ranking isn't all that matters. Penn places better in most north-eastern and midatlantic states, Mercer places better in most Southern states and neither will matter much for the West. Also, scholarships should really figure into it as well. Without knowing your situation, I really can't recommend one over the other.
« on: March 16, 2009, 11:29:53 AM »
It depends partially on your numbers. You say that tuition will run roughly the same, but I am not certain that this is the case - Mercer is particularly generous with scholarships to higher-scoring students, whereas Penn doesn't have as much cash since it's a state school. What area of the nation ARE you planning on working in? That will have some bearing as well, even if you're not planning on staying in-state...