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**Denver VS Indiana - Indianapolis VS Pacific**

Einstein

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**Denver VS Indiana - Indianapolis VS Pacific**
« on: January 29, 2007, 11:24:32 AM »
I want to practice in a law firm with the following specialties.

1. Patent law and IP
2. Medical Malpractice Defense
3. Investment law
4. New business law
5. White collar crime


I am interested in the following characteristics of a school (highest to lowest)

1. Employment in medium to large firms possibly clerking for a federal judge
2. Reputation of school
3. Quality of life at school and surrounding city
4. Weather warm and sunny?
5. Cost of living and tuition
6. Mobility of degree


Assuming you are paying full tuition tell me which school you would choose and why..

Then tell me which school that you would pick considering my criterion listed above..

buddha

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Re: Univ. of Denver OR Indiana Univ. Indianapolis OR Univ of the Pacific
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2007, 11:59:49 AM »
3. Quality of life at school and surrounding city

Ok, at this point I think someone should point out you're comparing Denver to Indianapolis and Stockton.  Not exactly a fair fight.

6. Mobility of degree..

These are all regional schools.


Just based on what I know I would choose Denver.

Einstein

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Re: Univ. of Denver OR Indiana Univ. Indianapolis OR Univ of the Pacific
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2007, 12:08:41 PM »
See, Denver has 300 days of sunshine per year.  and Indianaoplis does not..

Indiana univ. is also a state school therefore it is cheaper.

And the average salary for Denver private practice is $65,000/year
The average for Indiana is $72,000/year

Denver is ranked 7 spots higher than Indiana.

The cost of living is slightly higher in Denver but the quality of life is probably better in Denver.

Indiana is ranked high is health law... Denver, not so much..

See, these are my concerns.. it is too close to call..

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Re: /////Denver VS Indiana - Indianapolis VS Pacific/////
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2007, 01:02:02 PM »
I think the biggest issue is where you want to practice after law school.

Rankings will change during the next 3 years, salary statistics vary, etc.  If you are passionate about a field or an area of practice you can seek out professionals and professors in your field and do your own networking, regardless of which school you are at. 

I think the best thing you can do is visit all 3 schools, figure out where you are most comfortable and decide where you would like to live.  These factors are more important than rankings or salary statistics since all three schools are so similar in those area.

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Re: /////Denver VS Indiana - Indianapolis VS Pacific/////
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2007, 01:43:03 PM »
I think the biggest issue is where you want to practice after law school.

Rankings will change during the next 3 years, salary statistics vary, etc.  If you are passionate about a field or an area of practice you can seek out professionals and professors in your field and do your own networking, regardless of which school you are at. 

I think the best thing you can do is visit all 3 schools, figure out where you are most comfortable and decide where you would like to live.  These factors are more important than rankings or salary statistics since all three schools are so similar in those area.

That is a very good point.. I might just have to take a couple of trips this Spring. 

During undergrad I didn't try and go to the best school possible.. I just don't want to make the same mistake twice... 

But schools that are ranked in such close proximity to each other probably are quite comparable. 

Re: /////Denver VS Indiana - Indianapolis VS Pacific/////
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2007, 02:58:59 PM »
1) Denver
2) Denver
3) Denver!
4) Denver (even though we've had snow 6 consecutive weekends and there's about a foot still in my backyard).
5) If you can get in-state, Indianapolis. Pacific's quite expensive all around, assuming no scholarship $$$. The area around DU is quite reasonably priced.
6) N/A (I can't reasonably answer this question.)

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Re: /////Denver VS Indiana - Indianapolis VS Pacific/////
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2007, 10:59:45 AM »
bump, anyone?

Re: **Denver VS Indiana - Indianapolis VS Pacific**
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2007, 07:10:14 PM »
I recently moved to Cincinnati, but I lived in Denver for four years...GO TO DENVER!!! The city, the weather and the people are great...not to mention the mountains. Oh yea, it's a good school too. I know some of the professors there and they are great!