« on: February 04, 2008, 12:45:48 AM »
I am another poster who is desperately hoping to have to choose between these two schools this cycle. I have a 3.43/162 so my chances are not great at CU. I have a rather interesting background so that should hopefully help. I see on Law School Numbers that I am right at the accept/waitlist area, so hopefully I will get the nod.
I have two major issues with my choice:
DU grads and CU grads seem to be about equal in Denver firms. I think, considering that Colorado is half the size, that this bodes well for Colorado. Also, CU grads are occasionally listed at the top firms without reference to them being Order of the Coif or graduating Summa Cum Laude, while DU grads are almost never listed without those credentials being part of the attorneys profile. It makes me think that you have to be in the very top of the class to get a good job from DU, while at CU you don't need to be ranked as high in your class. This to me doesn't seem to help the "more prestige" argument that DU people are making.
The second thing is that I LOVE DENVER. I lived there for two years and completely adore the place now. My wife and I are planning on making Denver our permanent residence (as applying to only those two schools would imply). I would much rather live in Denver for my three years of law school than Boulder, but I haven't actually visited CU yet so I don't know for sure. Also, I think I am likely to get a scholarship at DU, and if I did that would mitigate the tuition difference. Although I hear that they stick everyone with scholarships in the same section so only about a third of them actually maintain the 3.1 minimum GPA and lose their scholarships. I believe that I will be in the top 25% of my class, but so does about 80% of every class, so I want to be realistic.
So I don't know which way I'll go, assuming I get to make the choice. Also, I don't understand why DU people think they attend a more prestigious school? Wouldn't entering stats be a good representation of which school is more prestigious. If DU really has the location, networking and many other advantages, what would be pulling applicants to CU? How is CU getting the much better entering class stats if DU is more prestigious? It seems fishy to me. I think DU people might just SELF PROCLAIM that DU is more prestigious. Anyway, I am not very concerned with prestige, it just seemed like a strange comment to say that DU is more prestigious.
P.S. Has Denver had snow on the ground throughout the winter? I am getting sick of snow and there was rarely snow on the ground when I lived there (2001-2003).