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Best T14's for married students

Re: Best T14's for married students
« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2006, 04:26:37 PM »
Sad that you aren't considering Michigan since it seems to be great for married couples - lots of family housing at a good price, good city and the Detroit metro area (even if you refuse to work in Detroit, which my spouse would be fine with doing) has plenty of jobs. 

Charlottesville has a decent economy, so getting a job there isn't too hard from what I can tell.  Of course it depends on the kinds of jobs being considered, which is less of an issue in bigger metro areas.  But it's a great small city that I would love to live in.

Durham and the triangle area are awesome places for a family to live, so definitely keep Duke on the list.  Even if it pains me to encourage people to go to Duke... the true Tarheel that I am.  That area is high on our list for moving to after law school.

Really I don't think you can go wrong, most of the top 14 are in good locations and fine for married couples.  It really depends on the kinds of places you want to live and the type of jobs your spouse wants to get.  Do some research in his/her field to see.  Cost of living is going to be cheaper at Duke, UVA, and to some extent Michigan (though Ann Arbor is not too cheap).  Chicago, New York, and the bay area are all pretty expensive but I'm sure all are doable.  If you are aiming for a firm job, paying off your debts will not be too hard if you are willing to keep to a more student-like lifestyle for a few years of working.  I, on the other hand, was looking for the money and more public interest-minded students so I was picky about schools and am going where the money is.  Fortunately it's a great school!

Re: Best T14's for married students
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2006, 08:11:10 PM »
Anybody have any feedback on this topic?  I'm currently considering all of the T14s except for Cornell and Michigan (Don't want to live in Ithaca and I grew up in Columbus, thus I am morally unable to attend Michigan).  I'll appreciate anything you guys have to share, thanks.

Speaking as a married student, I would say whichever school offers one's spouse a life outside of the home, generally a big city. Thus, NYU, UCLA, etc. As they say, if you don't get divorced during law school, one of you should have your heads examined! lol

Re: Best T14's for married students
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2006, 08:42:45 AM »
Duke and Stanford: you won't be distracted by the women at either ;)

Actually, I have no real idea what I'm talking about.

Re: Best T14's for married students
« Reply #23 on: September 25, 2006, 09:33:38 PM »
I'm surprised no one has mentioned NU in this discussion.  With our preference for older students here, there are a lot more married people than at any other top school. 

Re: Best T14's for married students
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2006, 10:30:52 AM »
Good point. Is it a really significant proportion of students you meet that are married? Any with children?

I'm comin out there next fall...hope to see you then :)