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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Duke$$$ vs Chicago
« on: April 02, 2008, 02:37:16 PM »
To put it in perspective, $60K is still a lot of money.

My vote is that if you want to do academia or clerkship, then Chicago would be the obvious choice.  However, if your career goal is with BigLaw in CA, graduating from Duke won't hurt you at all.   

Let me get a crack at this...

First, none of the three schools you listed have a great reputation of producing academics.  Schools like Yale are factories when it comes to producing academics; either by choice or not, lower ranked schools have a hard time competing.  With that said, you can still go the academia route if you intern for a prestigious judge (i.e. US Supreme Court).  The published numbers (forgive if I can find the link right now) have shown that Northwestern holds a significant advantage in this area over the two other schools.

Second, Northwestern does present much better career aspects than Vandy.  Whether or not it's worth $60K is a question you will have to answer for yourself.  While the Vandy and GTown degrees will not hurt you, the NU degree will definitely open more doors (in location and career opportunities).

Lastly, the reputation score is a very slow moving animal.  The people surveyed are graduates of certain schools, and they have vested interest in seeing those schools remain high in the rankings.  Therefore, it is unlikely that the reputation scores will reflect the current changes going on in the legal world.   

Good luck!

Since I'm set on a school and already quit my job, all I can do now is living vicariously through everyone else.   ;D

Sad, isn't it?

Appreciate the ranking posted last week, I'd look it over if you need anyone else!

I currently live in the city and have currently have several friends who go to law school at UofL.  Here's a summary of what I get from them:
Good: friendly environment, not very cut-throat.  The smaller class will guarantee interaction among students.

Bad: Career service is almost nonexistent.  Even people at the top of their class have to network to find jobs.  The UofL degree carries weight only in Kentucky - even cities like Cincy and Indy do not recruit in Louisville.

Additionally, the school is currently in a significant budget shortfall due to the budget cuts in the state.

Don't get me wrong I love NU, but I'm curious as how they ended up #9 with the lowest peer and judge/lawyer assessment score as well as the lowest 25% GPA and among the lowest 75% GPA.  Their LSAT is a little better than the peers, but what variable puts them so high?

The acceptance rate is lower, and its bar passage rates are significantly stronger than its peer schools.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: ND or W&L
« on: March 24, 2008, 09:02:17 PM »
With the huge discrepancy in scholarship, W&L is the easy choice.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Penn v. Northwestern
« on: March 24, 2008, 08:44:09 PM »
Not to start an argument with anyone, but NU Law is across the street from Lake Michigan, three blocks away from Magnificent Mile, and walking distance from the Navy Pier.  In short, it's a pretty good location.

You have two great options; don't make a decision solely based on USNews Ranking.  Visit both schools and get a feel for the environment.  Different people fit in differently.

Lastly, as far as prestige goes, unless you are talking about YHS, there's not significant drop off among the T14 schools.

Black Law Students / Re: SEO Corporate Law Internship
« on: March 18, 2008, 08:13:35 PM »

I haven't received my firm assignment yet.  I think we get them in April or May.  Congrats to the other people who got the "where are you going" email.

Congrats, everyone!  Sounds like we will see a lot of people here in NYC.

At least at my school the prof has discretion on how to distribute grades to create the median.

If the curb is a B+, the proffessor is within his/her discression to give every person in the class a B+, or to give out only As and Cs with nothing in between.

I think most schools utilize a B- grading curve.

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