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DS8

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Rankings for DC area?
« on: February 13, 2006, 04:51:36 PM »
I will be going to law school next year and am currently a student at UMD College Park. I want to eventually live and work in the DC area. If possible, please rank the following in terms of which will give me the best chance to get a job in a firm or with the government, in terms of prestige and your experiences with these schools (not just their US NEWS rankings) : Georgetown (Part time), George Washington, GW (Part Time), University of Maryland, Emory, Washington U in St. Louis, Boston U, American, Wm and Mary

Any other schools I should look into? My numbers are 163/3.47

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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006, 08:32:59 PM »
Something to consider is attending GULC part-time and then transferring to the full-time division after the first year.  This is considered a "back door" into the ft program and a lot of people use it leading to a somewhat negative reputation for GULC.  I think GULC would be your best bet for the DC area.  You'd probably have to rank higher at the other schools you listed -- in comparison to GULC -- to land a comparable job for DC.

I would suggest looking over the web sites for the other schools to get an idea of placement numbers.  Also look at the NALP directory (nalpdirectory.com, I believe) for an idea of placement at DC firms of the schools you're interested in.

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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2006, 09:09:36 PM »
GULC and GW are definately good bets in DC.  GULC is def. ranked higher, but, you aren't going to struggle to find work out of GW. 

Also, looks like you would be a good candidate for GW PT as your numbers are a bit above mine and I got in.  GULC is worth a shot though.  You are on the lower end, but def. have a chance.  I didn't really like GULC's part time program, compared to the FT. 

Not everyone wants to transfer.  I am doing PT by choice bc the government agency I work for is footing the bill.  Some of us CHOOSE to go PT contrary to what ppl. on these forums like to believe.
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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006, 10:25:18 PM »
What did you not like about GULC's part time program? Due to my own situation, I'm thinking about PT in GULC although I probably could get in FT. Would much appreciate it if you can list some aspects you don't like about GULC's PT program.

GULC and GW are definately good bets in DC.  GULC is def. ranked higher, but, you aren't going to struggle to find work out of GW. 

Also, looks like you would be a good candidate for GW PT as your numbers are a bit above mine and I got in.  GULC is worth a shot though.  You are on the lower end, but def. have a chance.  I didn't really like GULC's part time program, compared to the FT. 

Not everyone wants to transfer.  I am doing PT by choice bc the government agency I work for is footing the bill.  Some of us CHOOSE to go PT contrary to what ppl. on these forums like to believe.

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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2006, 10:40:57 PM »
Its not that I didn't like GULCs PT program, I just felt like GW was a good fit.  Also, GULC is in the friggin middle of nowhere DC over by union station.  Real pain in the ass to get to.

However, then again, I didn't get into GULC so I really can't comment much, can I?
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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2006, 01:06:01 AM »
Ummm. You do know that WUSTL isn't in DC, right? Why would they have a lot of sway in DC?
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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2006, 01:12:21 AM »
Of course. It's in St. Louis. Just wondering about the reputation..

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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2006, 01:52:43 AM »
The best will obviously be GTown and GW.  By quite a bit.  I don't think as big of a distinction is made regarding PT/FT as some people say.  Your degree isn't going to say which program you were in after all.  Transferring PT -> FT seems pretty smart and pretty common.  I'd take Gtown PT over GW FT, easy.  GT does better in DC, and is much more national than GW if you decide at some point you want to take your degree elsewhere.

Other than W&M and American I don't think any of the others are really thought of as DC schools (maybe UMD, I dont' think its rep is so great though, it seems to get left out of a lot of discussions of DC schools).  I wouldn't think that many DC employers would be traveling to WUSTL, Emory, and BU to chase what few students are likely to be looking at DC.  Check NALP for hard numbers though.  W&M has a better reputation in general than American, by quite a bit.  American's famous advantage is in public interest stuff, but that doesn't appear to be what you're looking for.

Any reason you're not looking at GMU?  If you're looking at government work, saving money on tuition could be pretty important.

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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2006, 06:37:38 AM »
Transferring from PT to FT might be common but I don't know about smart.  If you want full time, start full time.  Do do the switch at GW its just a signature on the dotted line after one semester, HOWEVER, you gotta keep in mind that you applied for financial aid for PART TIME and you can't change that selection.  What does that mean?  It means your second semester will be paid for with private loans.

Also, I know with GW the switch is open to anyone that wants it but I have heard that GUCL only lets you switch from PT to FT if space is available.

Lastly, with good grades at GW you can go national as well.  Sure, GULC is going to place you better nationally no matter where you stand in your class for that FIRST job.  However, once you have worked for a couple of years its not going to matter if you went to GW or GULC, regardless of what people might tell you on these forums.

Nonetheless, I would still go to GULC if you can get in.  I also agree with 1L regarding looking into GMU if you plan on going government or public interest.  It is dirt cheap if you are in state and does pretty well at placing in the area.  If I was paying out of my own pocket, I would have likely looked into GMU more seriously.  Its up and coming from what I have heard.  However, I don't know if their ranking is truthful.  They pass out handfuls of fee waivers and are known to yield protect, but such is life when the world is run by U.S. News.
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Re: Rankings for DC area?
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2006, 09:01:27 AM »
I think you should be looking at George Mason and American as well.  I know a few alum from each and all have landed good positions and have good things to say about their experiences.

BTW, I'm a UMCP alumnus and am applying locally as well.