« on: February 21, 2008, 07:29:49 PM »
botbot, where do you go?
Something I thought I would mention here that I was reminded of today. Go to the school where you think you will be happiest, I say, personally that's probably the most important aspect to choosing a school. Once your there, the rank won't matter, Yale or Cooley, if you hate your life/loath getting up every day for school the rank is not going to keep you happy during what can be a miserable experience at times.
Today I am in a particularly crappy mood, I have to be at my computer by 6AM on Thursdays for my biz. I did not want to go to school tonight, the class I'm in goes slower than the second coming, and I'm not in the mood for it or the next one. Plus because of other commitments I'll be here till 9:45PM tonight. I was basically in a poo mood when I got here.
Well with in two minuets three people came up to me and said hi. Before I got to the doors I saw two friends with big smiles on their faces who want to chat with me. On my way to class three people said hi to me by name, a professor I had 1L class with came up and shook my hand asked me how I was doing ect. People's whose names I don't know waved and smiled. And I'm a commuter student, I don't hang out at school much, but people still treat you like an old friend here.
The point is as much as I hate Thursday nights at school, my classmates, friends, colleagues, and professors make it worth it even when I don't want to be here. Here at least people are nice and friendly, and they can make a bad day a better one. I'm sure its like that at other schools as well, I'm also sure its not like that at some schools.
Being happy with your school and your classmates can and will make law school a much better experience overall. Law school will suck at times, it will be stressful at times, it will depress you at times, it will make you want to quite sometimes, liking your school and your classmates is what makes all that crap bearable when it comes.
Invest at least some of the energy you put into choosing school on something more than numbers, visit the school, talk to students, talk to your potential classmates, see what kind of "vibe" you get. I don't care what schools you are looking at, if you don't feel comfortable there, your going to regret going there later. Its days like this when I'm really glad I'm at DU, my classmates make up for me hating life on Thursdays. As soon as I got here my angst went away as I saw my friends, that makes it all worth it.
Thank God... just got my email a couple hours ago... I'm in!
Just to offer some variety of opinion...I'm going to go against the trend and just say it: If you get into CU, you should go there over DU--in spite of the $$$.
1. You have a family and Boulder is a great place for families--excellent public schools, lots of kid-friendly activities, great public transport and nice, affordable homes for rent in North and South Boulder (10 minutes by *free* bus to campus). Denver has a few of those things, maybe.
2. In-state tuition after the first year regardless of how you do in law school. Nobody really knows how they'll do in law school. Even if you start out well, a family emergency or illness could cause your grades to drop and you'd lose your scholarship. Then you're low in the class and paying full price--all the benefits of DU evaporate. See this anecdote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8aJO9iTH-w
3. CU may have a less overwhelming alumni presence than DU, but CU's reach extends beyond Denver. The school is well-regarded and the bar pass results speak for themselves. The new building is gorgeous and will only boost CU's selectivity and reputation over the years. I'm a CO native and I've never heard this "DU is more prestigious" bit before--maybe because I'm not from Denver?
DU is a good choice if you can stay at the top of your class. CU is good even if you can't (and it's great if you can). To me, that makes CU the safer bet.
In any case, I hope you get to make the choice between the two!