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BU and BC

BU and BC
« on: December 15, 2004, 09:53:42 PM »
If you graduate from these schools, what kind of recognition do you get from employers in other cities on the East coast?

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Re: BU and BC
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2004, 10:00:22 AM »
Heh, going through the same decision process as you are right now.

Looks like BC has traditionally been known as a good law school with lots of Alums. Lately though, BU has been coming on strong, the only thing is it takes a few more than a couple years to establish a reputation. In NYC I don't think you could beat Columbia/NYU/Fordham (lagging a little behind there ;)) and BU won't have much weight in DC with G'town and GWU.

So basically if you want to practice in Boston, those two are great. On the same note once you're in at BigLaw in Boston, you can transfer to whatever office you want/they let you.

bhvexille

Re: BU and BC
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2004, 08:17:32 PM »
Here are some BU employment prospects surveys from vault.com



Dates of Attendance: 9/1999 to 1/2001
Submitted on: NOV 20, 2003

BU has an excellent reputation among employers, especially on the East coast.
There is a large network of alumni all over the nation, and the alumni
association is constantly hosting receptions in most large cities (I live in
Portland, Oregon)to facilitate networking.  Their on campus recruiting was
extensive and resulted in most students receiving offers.  Many of my class
mates
moved out of MA.  They also continue follow up and career placement indefinitely
after graduation, although much of it is limited to the East coast.




Dates of Attendance: 9/2003 to Present
Submitted on: NOV 20, 2003

Competition with other schools in the area. High paying jobs require top grades.
 Mostly caters to Boston and to a smaller degree New York, Philly, DC.




Dates of Attendance: 8/1999 to 5/2002
Submitted on: APR 10, 2004

All the big firms from Boston interviewed on campus, in addition the school was
part of job fairs in NY, DC, Miami, Chicago, LA and a small one in Manchester,
NH
for smaller firms from VT, NH and ME.  I did not hear of many people who could
not find a second year intership, and the staff in the career development office
was very helpful.  I would estimate less than 30 people (top 10%) got law firm
interships after first year.  I was a research assistant to a first year
professorm, and there was a group of about 30 or so other RA's.  After that I
think many first years did volunteer work or nothing.  I imagine this has a lot
to do with the boston market, but I am in pheonix now, and people who went to
law
school here tell me that most first years in the top third got a law firm job
after first year and that being an RA was not coveted.  The professor I worked
for was Keith Hylton (Torts).  He was a lot of fun to work for and to get to
know.  Hylton writes a lot of articles, he was working on three during the year
I
worked for him.  I believe his recommendation was instrumental in my getting a
clerkship on the AZ supreme court.  I don't know how Boston firms really
percieved the BU degree, my second year job was in Connecticut at a meduim size
firm.  I think the degree is less respected in Boston but more respected the
further you get from Boston.  In Phoenix my BU degree is definitely a plus.  The
downside on the New England market is that there are so many great law schools
and so many students that even the smallest firms can get Harvard grads to go to
work for them.  Every interview I went to, since I was not from New England
originally, as was the case for 75% of my BU class, I was asked almost off the
top why I wanted to stay in New England.  The New England market is so saturated
with top law students, many of whom probably leave due to home sickness after a
couple of years, I think the firms there are very jaded.  In Phoenix on the
other
hand no firm ever asked my why I wanted to live in Phoenix even though I am not
from there either.  The Phoenix firms were happy to get a chance to hire someone
from a school besides ASU and U of A.  Incidentally, I was cum laude, law
journal
editor, published author, and BU grad -- In Boston that got me a big firm call
back rate of about 1 in 8, in phoenix my call back rate was 5 in 6, only applied
to six firms though by phoenix standards there are 12 big firms.
I have rambled enough, the point is the BU degree is great anywhere but in
Boston, everyone at BU isfrom somewhere else anyway, go there get the degree
and
go back home.

Re: BU and BC
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2004, 09:44:20 PM »
Is there any way to access that info without getting the gold membership?

bhvexille

Re: BU and BC
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2004, 10:43:47 PM »
IM me and I can send you the surveys for some schools..

But you can't access that part of their site without gold

Re: BU and BC
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2004, 10:52:56 PM »
Thanks, great info :) 

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Re: BU and BC
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2004, 11:29:03 AM »
I HOPE that I'll have to decide between the two schools. I'll be happy getting into either of them  :P

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Re: BU and BC
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2004, 06:58:40 PM »
Bhvexille,

     Could you post up the career prospects for BC, same as for BU?
That would help compare.

Thanks!