USF or American?

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USF with 10K or American?

Poll ended at Fri May 21, 2010 10:24 am

Univesity of San Francisco
7
70%
American WCL
3
30%
 
Total votes: 10

lawemzee
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USF or American?

Postby lawemzee » Sun May 16, 2010 10:24 am

I was accepted to USF with a 10K scholarship for my first year and was wait listed at American. I was just emailed by WCL saying that my application is being reviewed by a committee to be considered for admission.

I really want to live in San Francisco, but I like DC as well. I want to go into international law. American is higher ranked nationally, and in the top 10 for international law. However, American is also competing with Georgetown, George Washington and a lot of other great schools in NY, VA and MD. Plus, the competition for the international programs at WCL is going to be stiff.

Any thoughts? Insight on the regional reputations would be extremely helpful!

savagecheater
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Re: USF or American?

Postby savagecheater » Sun May 16, 2010 11:42 am

lawemzee wrote:I was accepted to USF with a 10K scholarship for my first year and was wait listed at American. I was just emailed by WCL saying that my application is being reviewed by a committee to be considered for admission.


American is not worth sticker.

I really want to live in San Francisco, but I like DC as well.

I want to go into international law. American is higher ranked nationally, and in the top 10 for international law. However, American is also competing with Georgetown, George Washington and a lot of other great schools in NY, VA and MD. Plus, the competition for the international programs at WCL is going to be stiff.

Any thoughts? Insight on the regional reputations would be extremely helpful!


For international law, you will not be working for the Hague or anything; not only that, but you won't be 'flying in a gulfstream to close some deal in Dubai'. American is competing for jobs in the DC market with GULC & GW, not to mention the VA schools, all of which are more highly ranked than American.

Take the money & go.

lawemzee
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Re: USF or American?

Postby lawemzee » Sun May 16, 2010 12:05 pm

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Thanks for the advice!

I recently found this article in another forum that supports the comment about international law. Worth reading for anyone else in a similar predicament:

http://www.annaivey.com/iveyfiles/2008/ ... e_the_hype

lawemzee
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Re: USF or American?

Postby lawemzee » Mon May 17, 2010 7:47 am

PS- if I am also thinking about going into government, would it be really stupid to pass on American?

jetlagz28
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Re: USF or American?

Postby jetlagz28 » Mon May 17, 2010 8:43 am

International law doesn't really mean anything. That being said, I think you should choose WCL.

If WCL is in such a tough market.....what does that mean for USF? USF is in proximity to, Berkeley, Stanford, Hastings, Davis, Santa Clara and McGeorge. USF is near the bottom of this list. Add in the plethora of law schools in Southern California and you have a laundry list of higher ranked schools.

WCL has much better placement than USF., and it has a better reach. If you have an interest in working for the fed, than WCL should be your school of choice, hands down.

I don't know anything about the stipulation of your $10K but anything short of 1/2 tuition would not deter me from choosing WCL over USF.

Since you are not quite sure what you want to do (which is normal), I would choose the path that opens up as many opportunities as possible.

Good luck with your decision!

savagecheater
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Re: USF or American?

Postby savagecheater » Mon May 17, 2010 10:42 am

Both are highly regional schools in saturated markets. You're going to need to be near the top of your class to get any great employment. Considering that, I'd rather have the money.




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