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UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby rachelburns » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:54 pm

Berkeley is my dream school, and while I got in I don't expect to get any $$$. I want to work in CA and am very debt averse, so I'm thinking about UCLA with full tuition, but it's hard to let Berkeley go.... and then theres Duke with $25k yearly.... any thoughts?? thanks!

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Re: UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby fortissimo » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:56 pm

UCLA

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Postby sfdreaming09 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:56 pm

Berkeley hands down--even if you want to practice in LA. And if you know you want to work in CA, why would Duke still be in the running for you if you have Berk and LA?

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Re: UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby Joga Bonito » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:56 pm

Go to your dream school.

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Postby gossipgirl » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:01 pm

Check out placement figures this past OCI for UCLA and Berkeley. If UCLA only places 10%, go Berkeley. If it doesn't seem substantially different, go UCLA.

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Postby im_blue » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:07 pm

So taking out COL expenses, you're looking at UCLA for free, Duke for $60k total, or Berkeley for about $120k total. If you're really debt averse, I'd go with Duke, because they place slightly worse than Berkeley in CA, but still much better than UCLA. People have been saying that only top 10% at UCLA were safe for jobs this year.

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Re: UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby Dignan » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:47 pm

rachelburns wrote:Berkeley is my dream school, and while I got in I don't expect to get any $$$. I want to work in CA and am very debt averse, so I'm thinking about UCLA with full tuition, but it's hard to let Berkeley go.... and then theres Duke with $25k yearly.... any thoughts?? thanks!

First, you're very fortunate to be accepted by your dream school. Second, it just so happens that your dream school will give you better employment opportunities in CA (and some other markets) than the other two schools. I say Berkeley.

My advice, by the way, might be different if you were ambivalent about where you want to go to school. If you were only considering Berkeley because of its USNWR ranking or something, then I would suggest that you seriously consider the other options. But when you combine your love of Berkeley with the excellent opportunities that Berkeley graduates have, I think it's worth paying the extra $$$ for Berkeley. Have fun.

Oh, one more thing: I wouldn't be so sure that you'll have to pay sticker at Berkeley. The ability to offer more merit money is one of the reasons that Berkeley increased its tuition. Berkeley knows that it's going to have to start offering merit money in order to attract the top applicants; based on the numbers in your profile, you definitely belong in that category.
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Postby lawduder » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:51 pm

ITT: people read over the part where OP has been offered a full ride at UCLA

UCLA

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Postby Dignan » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:54 pm

lawduder wrote:ITT: people read over the part where OP has been offered a full ride at UCLA

UCLA

I didn't read over that part. My advice stands.

And if you look at the OP's profile, she was offered 105K over three years. That's a great offer, but it's not going to be a full ride at UCLA. Not anymore.

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Postby eth3n » Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:33 am

go to boalt you will not regret it

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Postby Tofu » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:24 am

lawduder wrote:ITT: people read over the part where OP has been offered a full ride at UCLA

UCLA


rachelburns wrote:Berkeley is my dream school

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Postby Bosque » Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:42 am

I would say come and visit Duke if you have not already, just in case. That said, it sounds like you are going to still like Berkeley more.

Have fun at Boalt!

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Postby daesonesb » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:56 am

If you are reaaaaly debt averse, UCLA is a good choice. Perhaps you are looking at starting your career with a clerkship or public interest work? Advice stands, UCLA.

If, however, you are probably going to be going for something which pays better than PI, I'd say Berkeley. They'll place you better for biglaw, fer sure.

My $0.02 (which is biased, cause I'm going to UCLA).

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Postby Lermontov » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:59 am

I saw something posted in a thread recently about Berkeley's scholarships.

They have a full, official match program that includes all of the T14 except Northwestern.

Enjoy Berkeley with 25k/year

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Postby reverendt » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:07 pm

fortissimo wrote:UCLA

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Re: UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby SHARK WEEK! » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:08 pm

UCLA. If you're so debt averse, go to the cheapest option. They will all provide you with an outstanding legal education..

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Re: UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby miamiman » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:11 pm

can someone point me to the suggestion that only 10% at ucla was safe?

i would have guessed top 1/3. conservatively.

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Postby dakatz » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:12 pm

You want to work in Cal, and you are very debt averse. UCLA covers both bases. But if this scholarship matching thing is actually true, then enjoy Berkeley.
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Postby SweeneyTodd » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:15 pm

Lermontov wrote:I saw something posted in a thread recently about Berkeley's scholarships.

They have a full, official match program that includes all of the T14 except Northwestern.

Enjoy Berkeley with 25k/year


I read the same thing. It's in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=111317

The post specifically said: Students admitted to Berkeley Law that have also received a scholarship offer from one of the 12 law schools listed below can apply for a Berkeley Law Matching Scholarship.

Columbia University
Cornell University
Duke University
Georgetown University
Harvard University
New York University
Stanford University
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
Yale University

I don't know the specifics, but according to this you should be able to get at least $25K from Boalt

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Postby SHARK WEEK! » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:18 pm

miamiman wrote:can someone point me to the suggestion that only 10% at ucla was safe?

i would have guessed top 1/3. conservatively.


There is no figure showing 10%. That's something the troll fairy cooked up.. It is top 1/3, and even that is somewhat conservative.

Placement proportions are BS anyways as a much more accurate figure would be the percentage of people who secured BigLaw AND who were looking for BigLaw. UCLA has a ton of PI people, people looking to do academics, and people going into think-tanks. I'd guess that about 50%+ of people who wanted BigLaw got it. (That's still dismal, but so was the economy).

If you are going to troll it up with me here, just look at the NLJ rankings this year (I have a paper copy of it). UCLA places right where it should be: at around #15, and then there's Yale, placed right below it. That should speak to the relevance of the "BigLaw placement statistic" - it's not very relevant in many cases.

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Postby 09042014 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:19 pm

SHARK WEEK! wrote:
miamiman wrote:can someone point me to the suggestion that only 10% at ucla was safe?

i would have guessed top 1/3. conservatively.


There is no figure showing 10%. That's something the troll fairy cooked up.. It is top 1/3, and even that is somewhat conservative.

Placement proportions are BS anyways as a much more accurate figure would be the percentage of people who secured BigLaw AND who were looking for BigLaw. UCLA has a ton of PI people, people looking to do academics, and people going into think-tanks. I'd guess that about 50%+ of people who wanted BigLaw got it. (That's still dismal, but so was the economy).

If you are going to troll it up with me here, just look at the NLJ rankings this year (I have a paper copy of it). UCLA places right where it should be: at around #15, and then there's Yale, placed right below it. That should speak to the relevance of the "BigLaw placement statistic" - it's not very relevant in many cases.


You can't go by 2009 data, because they OCI'd in 2007.

We need OCI data for those who did OCI in 2009. Anyone know how many 2L's at ULCA got market paying SA gigs?

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Re: UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby Dignan » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:20 pm

Lermontov wrote:I saw something posted in a thread recently about Berkeley's scholarships.

They have a full, official match program that includes all of the T14 except Northwestern.

Enjoy Berkeley with 25k/year

Based on reports from last year, it appears that Berkeley rejects most matching scholarship applications. And, in the few cases where a scholarship was fully or partially matched, the scholarship was from a T6 school (i.e., not Duke). I am hoping that Berkeley is going to be more aggressive with merit money this year. But if Berkeley behaves like last year, then the OP is unlikely to get anything.

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Postby SweeneyTodd » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:22 pm

SHARK WEEK! wrote:
miamiman wrote:can someone point me to the suggestion that only 10% at ucla was safe?

i would have guessed top 1/3. conservatively.


There is no figure showing 10%. That's something the troll fairy cooked up.. It is top 1/3, and even that is somewhat conservative.

Placement proportions are BS anyways as a much more accurate figure would be the percentage of people who secured BigLaw AND who were looking for BigLaw. UCLA has a ton of PI people, people looking to do academics, and people going into think-tanks. I'd guess that about 50%+ of people who wanted BigLaw got it. (That's still dismal, but so was the economy).

If you are going to troll it up with me here, just look at the NLJ rankings this year (I have a paper copy of it). UCLA places right where it should be: at around #15, and then there's Yale, placed right below it. That should speak to the relevance of the "BigLaw placement statistic" - it's not very relevant in many cases.


Glad someone else realizes this

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Postby Lermontov » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:07 pm

Dignan wrote:
Lermontov wrote:I saw something posted in a thread recently about Berkeley's scholarships.

They have a full, official match program that includes all of the T14 except Northwestern.

Enjoy Berkeley with 25k/year

Based on reports from last year, it appears that Berkeley rejects most matching scholarship applications. And, in the few cases where a scholarship was fully or partially matched, the scholarship was from a T6 school (i.e., not Duke). I am hoping that Berkeley is going to be more aggressive with merit money this year. But if Berkeley behaves like last year, then the OP is unlikely to get anything.


I see, I see. I never really looked into Berkeley much, so I report only rumors and gossip when I talk about them. Good luck convincing them though.

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Re: UCLA full tuition vs. Duke $25k annual vs. Berkeley sticker

Postby ViP » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:21 pm

What's more important to you?

1) Not falling into deeper debt
2) Attending your dream school

As others have stated, it's literally a dream to be accepted to your dream school. Even if you attend UCLA/Duke and have an amazing time, you'll always live with the fact that you had a chance to attend your dream school and passed on the offer. Also, if you attend Boalt, you'll carry the prestige of a degree that's the best in the west (along with Stanford) and a national heavyweight.

By the way... Forget about Duke... This should be Boalt vs. UCLA.




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