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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009, 11:08:45 PM »

I vote Penn State.  It's has a nationally recognized name.  If you want to practice say in Florida or Texas, people will know what Penn State is but maybe not so much with Mercer.

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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009, 11:13:40 PM »
Texas, perhaps.  Mercer does place better in FL, though, in my opinion.
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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009, 12:59:26 PM »
Texas, perhaps.  Mercer does place better in FL, though, in my opinion.

The fact is, no everyone knows where or what Mercer is.  Virtually everyone knows Penn State and its brand name. 

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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2009, 05:12:16 PM »
I'm not so sure that Penn State's branding is as strong as you suggest it is, really....If its branding were stronger, wouldn't it place higher in the rankings, which are largely based on surveys of lawyers and judges?
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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2009, 06:04:19 PM »
Penn State. Go with the T14 no matter how much a T3 or T4 is giving you. If it were a T1 things might be different.

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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2009, 09:35:27 PM »
U of Penn is T14.  Penn State is #77. 
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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2009, 09:46:03 PM »
U of Penn is T14.  Penn State is #77. 

See how good Penn State is?  People get it confused with Ivies?  Even when they find out that it's not an Ivy, they still think highly of it.  Mercer....what's that, some kind of sickness? 

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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009, 10:41:24 PM »
USNews currently ranks Mercer at 100 and Penn State at around 77.  Without considering location and where you plan to practice...which do you think is the better law school?  I know PSU ranks much higher, but I've read a lot of negative posts about that program in contrast to the positive posts about Mercer.  Since I am an out-of-state student who doesn't plan to practice in either state, location has no bearing and tuition will run about the same. 

You *really* need to think about where you most likely want to practice since both schools are regional.  It is going to be tough getting a job outside their respective regions, especially if the economy still stinks at the time you graduate (which is a possibility). 

Since you have ties to GA, I'd go to Mercer, knowing the little I do about you. 

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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009, 10:42:14 PM »
I ride the PSU - UPenn confusion train every day of my life out here.  No one confuses them on the east coast, but out west I apparently went to an Ivy with a killer football team.   ;D

Seriously, PSU just opened a new campus and went from T3 to #77 in one year.  I'd say they'll probably keep climbing to about #50 or so before you graduate, given the higher caliber of student they can attract by being in the top 100 and the way US News weights the rankings.  If rank is a huge concern theirs is only going one direction, and I see no reason why they can't overtake schools like Tennessee and ASU in the next few years.

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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2009, 02:00:20 PM »
Looks like it may be 3 choices...

1) Mercer Full-time (rank 100) (33k tuition)

2) Penn State Full-time (rank 77) (30k tuition)

3) Georgia State Part-time (rank 77) (9k full-time tuition resident)

Which would you go with now if you planned on practicing in Georgia?