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Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law

Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« on: March 16, 2009, 08:26:53 AM »
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. 

Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 08:29:53 AM »
It depends partially on your numbers.  You say that tuition will run roughly the same, but I am not certain that this is the case - Mercer is particularly generous with scholarships to higher-scoring students, whereas Penn doesn't have as much cash since it's a state school.  What area of the nation ARE you planning on working in?  That will have some bearing as well, even if you're not planning on staying in-state...

Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 08:52:47 AM »
Well.. I'll rephrase the question.  Is Penn State ranked high enough so that it should pull me away from Mercer?  Is Mercer ranked low enough so that it should push me to go to Penn State?  I know this is ridiculously short-sighted but I just want an opinion.


Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 09:01:41 AM »
Ranking isn't all that matters.  Penn places better in most north-eastern and midatlantic states, Mercer places better in most Southern states and neither will matter much for the West.  Also, scholarships should really figure into it as well.  Without knowing your situation, I really can't recommend one over the other. 

Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009, 09:14:39 AM »
I kinda like to weigh the nuances myself, but you asked for it.  :P

I'll be paying full tuition at both universities.  I currently live in Georgia, however, I'm not completely sold in staying here.  Bearing in mind that Mercer ranks 4th in state, I'm not sold on the "live in Georgia, go to Mercer" thing.  I know they are both very regional, but I really don't think it matters much in my situation.  Let me make it easier...I've pretty much decided to go to Mercer(unless I get accepted to Georgia State) and the only other school besides GSU that I applied to that could pull me away from Mercer is Penn State.  Is 77 that much better than 100?

Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 09:30:14 AM »
Reasons I like Mercer:

1.  It took them all of 3 days to accept my application.  Which gives me the impression that they liked what they saw, which wasn't much, and I appreciate that.  It took a lot off my shoulders.

2.  I love their law campus.

3.  They are known to have professors who "rock." (from Princeton Review rankings)

4.  The people who attend seem to enjoy Mercer Law.

5.  All of my communication with admissions and related offices have been pleasant, though limited.

6.  I've lived in Georgia for over a decade.

Things I don't like:

1.  Full Tuition (33k)

2.  Ranking (100) but more importantly 4th in the state behind Emory, Georgia, and Georgia State.

Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009, 10:24:30 AM »
Well, as a matter of full disclosure, I'm headed to Mercer this year.  However...


Reasons for Mercer:

    Based on my experiences, Mercer has been incredibly professional, helpful and friendly.  I really believe that they are a great law school with a strong upward trend.  As for the 4th in the state thing, Penn is overshadowed as well by Temple, U of Penn, Villanova and U of Pittsburgh.  The difference of 30 ranking points isn't that much either, in all honesty...Not when they're both on the low end of the T100, anyway. 

Reasons against Mercer:
    Penn may be able to give you an in-state rate after the first year, and their tuition may be lower.  Additionally, if you're looking for a bigger market, Penn can probably provide it for you.  That being said, don't expect a biglaw job from either without doing some work. 

Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009, 11:27:55 AM »
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Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 12:09:59 PM »
Well, as a matter of full disclosure, I'm headed to Mercer this year.  However...


Reasons for Mercer:

    Based on my experiences, Mercer has been incredibly professional, helpful and friendly.  I really believe that they are a great law school with a strong upward trend.  As for the 4th in the state thing, Penn is overshadowed as well by Temple, U of Penn, Villanova and U of Pittsburgh.  The difference of 30 ranking points isn't that much either, in all honesty...Not when they're both on the low end of the T100, anyway. 

Reasons against Mercer:
    Penn may be able to give you an in-state rate after the first year, and their tuition may be lower.  Additionally, if you're looking for a bigger market, Penn can probably provide it for you.  That being said, don't expect a biglaw job from either without doing some work. 


Penn State is a private law school associated with a public university, sadly no in-state tuition for anyone.

Re: Mercer Law vs. Penn State Law
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 01:26:04 PM »
Really?  Wow...sorry about that.  *smacks self on forehead*