« on: March 16, 2009, 11:24:30 AM »
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.