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Vandy or Texas
« on: July 19, 2008, 10:02:30 AM »
I'm pretty torn over this decision. Any thoughts? I've visited both schools.

I got a really good feel from Vandy, but I know Austin a little better and I have friends at UT. On the other hand, Vandy = more personal attention; whereas Texas = large state school. In looking at NALP, they get about the same number of firms recruiting there.

I'm not necessarily interested in practicing in TX (the big problem is that I don't know WHERE I want to practice; probably SE/NE). I was really impressed with Vandy's admin and career services, but I have a mtg with UT's career svcs on Monday.

Anyway, obviously at the end of the day you can't go wrong with either school, but I still want to make sure I pick the right environment for me. I've always gone to large public schools, so Vandy is very appealing as a welcome change. However, UT was my top choice when I applied to law schools. I don't have any family in TX, but I lived there for 2 years.
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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 11:09:10 AM »
Any significant financial aid difference between the two?  It sounds like you actually want to attend Vandy more, but you're a bit confused because UT was your first choice when you applied to law schools.  Branch out and do something different - go to Vandy.

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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 12:05:50 PM »
I am still in a quandry... Texas is offering me in-state tuition. I LOVE Vandy and get a better vibe from them, but is it idiotic to spend an additional $60K on warm fuzzies?
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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008, 12:21:59 PM »
I am still in a quandry... Texas is offering me in-state tuition. I LOVE Vandy and get a better vibe from them, but is it idiotic to spend an additional $60K on warm fuzzies?

personally, i've decided that choosing a school based on money was a bad decision.  go where you think you will be happiest.  again, you obviously can't make a wrong deicison.

We have recently learned that bucky rocks out pretty hard.

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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008, 01:02:51 PM »
Have you been to both schools? When I visited UT I immediately decided I didn't want to go there. I just didn't like it and it was a huge surprise because I simply loved living in Texas. On the other hand, when I visited Vandy and Nashville, I fell in love.
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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2008, 05:18:24 PM »
i'd go to vandy.  nashville is awesome (though i've heard austin is pretty cool as well) plus you're close to a lot more stuff in tennessee... east coast rocks.

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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2008, 11:38:43 PM »
Vandy will probably do better on the east coast than UT.

But Austin is a great place to go to school and in-state tuition is great.

Vandy might have better placement overall due to its small size

But UT might place you just fine if you had a high class rank / GPA at your old school

Tough decision.

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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2008, 11:48:16 AM »
I made a decision today, and I think it's the right one for me. I will be attending... (drum roll, please)...

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VANDERBILT!

Thanks to all for the advice and PMs! Good luck to all the rest of the transfers this cycle!
Vanderbilt 2010

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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2008, 12:02:45 PM »
congrats on making your decision...based on your posts, i think you made the right choice.

We have recently learned that bucky rocks out pretty hard.

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Re: Vandy or Texas
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2008, 12:46:35 PM »
Woohoo! Congrats on your choice!
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