Hey Everyone, I was hoping to find out if anyone might have any opinions on my current options for next year. Right now I'm trying to decide between Northwestern and UVA, but I really don't know that much about the schools in terms of job placement or anything.For a little background I'm in state at UVA so that lands me a break of $4k/year, and I have friends that will be within 1-2 hours of UVA. However I currently live right near DC and am not sure if I really want to give up living in a large area to move to Charlottesvile (note that I haven't visited charlotesville yet). I've visited Northwestern and really like the city, but other than a weekend I haven't had that much interaction with it.I'm interested in pursuing IP law (at least I think I am) - does anyone know how the placement between the two schools compare? Right now I think I'd like to live in DC or NY coming out of school, but that also may be because I've always lived on the east coast and am not that familiar with Chicago. Any insight anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.
I apologize that this is slightly off the topic, since I didn't apply to NU--but my decision is really gonna come down to UVA v. Penn v. Duke (and perhaps Columbia depending on the decision there). I went to Penn as an undergrad, a few of my best friends in the world are still in Philly, and my little bro, who I'm really tight with, is a Penn sophomore. A few months ago the notion of being admitted to Penn and not accepting would've been inconceivable to me. But it's a very real possibility now, and maybe even the likelihood--UVA has impressed me that much.I'm not a rankings person in the sense that I don't care tremendously about overall rank, and I'd never make a choice based on a 1-2 point difference in any set of individual rankings. But I do like the fact that whatever ranking method you look at, UVA is universally considered a stable top ten school. Also, for me, the important part of the USNWR rankings are the academic ratings and the judge/lawyer rankings--and UVA always does well there (rates significantly higher then Penn, Duke, Cornell, Northwestern and equals NYU). UVA appears to have some fantastic institutes, first rate clinical programs (although I'm always a little dubious as to whether their clinics can offer the range of experiences that those of an urban school could), great range of classes, and fantastic placement. I've also been generally impressed not only by the general respect accorded to UVA but also by how highly even folks at the competiing schools regard UVA. I've come across a good amount of NYU, Penn and Duke bashing from various segements (particularly on xoxohth), but everyone just seems to have good will for UVA.Then you throw in the fact that UVA students consistently rave about the school and the quality of life (and, as alums, become some of the most reliable donors in the country)Sounds like a perfect mix of a first-rate education and enjoyable, not-super-intense atmosphere. I've been incredibly impressed by all my dealings with the staff--extremely polite, courteous, seeming tendency to go out the way to be helpful. I haven't yet formally visited the law school, but my gf and I just spent an informal weekend in C-ville. I came away feeling awfully good about the law facility and surrounding area I posted some more detailed impressions of the visit in this thread, if it's of any interest:http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,27021Overall, my heart is probably still at Penn, but that's because of my familarity with the area and personal connections to Philly--I've actually come to the personal conclusion that UVA is a superior law school to Penn (albeit not by much). The fact that my gf has been admitted to Virginia's graduate school has probably made it my most likely choice at this point.All that being said, I don't see how you ever go wrong at NU--I don't know much about it, but everything I've come across has been positive. Def a great choice to have.Good luck with your decision.
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