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Opinions on two schools please

TimMitchell

Re: Opinions on two schools please
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2008, 10:12:28 AM »
I work about 2 minutes for Widener and a lot of my clients come from the school. It has a great rep in the area, almost every lawyer in seems to come from Widener. I really comes down to where you're planning on practicing, I don't think either degree is going to be very portable in other cities.

TimMitchell

Re: Opinions on two schools please
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2008, 10:18:16 AM »
With your situation, here's what comes to my mind. Family law generally pays less, no? So debt is a big deal. Calculate exactly how much you'll be in debt after 3 years, and take a look. That should play a big role in your decision. Hofstra is pretty darn expensive ($37k/yr) for T3 school, and being in New York, living expenses will be higher. I will say that I don't think there's much of a difference in these schools when it comes to post grad career options...Hofstra being T3 versus Widener being a T4 doesn't mean Hofstra is leaps and bounds ahead. However, you mentioned you want to practice in NY/NJ. Advantage Hofstra. Then again, Widener isn't that far from that area. Perhaps you could find out where Widener places their grads. Apparently, the majority of them (80%) don't stay in Delaware.

Keep us posted! Good luck.  :)


I think that's because of the close proximity to Phily, MD and DC.

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Re: Opinions on two schools please
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2008, 11:02:07 AM »
Dude... is there any qustion about which school to go to? Mark Bavaro went to Hofstra for undergrad. So you've got to go there.

(and I really hope someone gets my Mark Bavaro reference)

Re: Opinions on two schools please
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2008, 11:13:54 AM »
>>>Hofstra being T3 versus Widener being a T4 doesn't mean Hofstra is leaps and bounds ahead.

What?  Hofstra is actually T2, and Widener is well down in Tier 4 (bottom 24 in the whole country):  http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2008/03/us-news-hacked.html

So there is kind of a leaps and bounds difference here.

Re: Opinions on two schools please
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2008, 11:21:07 AM »
>>>Hofstra being T3 versus Widener being a T4 doesn't mean Hofstra is leaps and bounds ahead.

What?  Hofstra is actually T2, and Widener is well down in Tier 4 (bottom 24 in the whole country):  http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2008/03/us-news-hacked.html

So there is kind of a leaps and bounds difference here.

I know you're referring to bailey's post, but I also thought Hofstra was T3, based on LSN.  I guess they haven't updated their info.  Did Hofstra just recently move up to #99?  If anyone's interested:

http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/lawschool.php?school_id=49
http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/law/search/title+hofstra

Re: Opinions on two schools please
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2008, 12:16:49 PM »
Correct that Hofstra moved up last year (but they have been in the second tier more than in the third over the years).  Widener I think has always been T#4.  The horse's mouth on current rankings:
http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/law/search/page+4