Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

(Rankings, Profiles, Tuition, Student Life, . . . )

VANDY ($) or IOWA ($$$)

Vanderbilt
16
32%
Iowa
34
68%
 
Total votes: 50

krj02004
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby krj02004 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:50 pm

I'm double deposited and got the email today that I have to choose... like tomorrow. I've pretty much made up my mind to go to Iowa since:

1) I'm a single mom and they have a greater childcare allowance than Vandy ($1500/mo v. only $1000/mo for 2 toddlers)
2) I want employment options and flexibility post-grad (not sure I want to do biglaw)
3) Iowa gave me a full scholarship (only taking out loans for livng expenses and childcare...which is also partially subsidized)

I guess I'm looking for re-assurance that I'm making the right decision. Vandy was my 1st choice....until they gave me their finaid package (only $10k per year). I did write a letter requesting them to re-evaluate given Iowa's generosity, but even if they do respond, I'm sure the most they could do is double what they gave me. I know that Vandy's prospects are better and the location kills Iowa City, but I literally get panic attacks thinking about $200k debt and having to potentially HAVE to work 80 hour weeks in biglaw...

So give me your opinions (or reassurance). Maybe I haven't looking at all the angles yet...

User avatar
20160810
Posts: 19648
Joined: Fri May 02, 2008 1:18 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby 20160810 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:53 pm

If you don't want to do biglaw and you've got children to take care of, it seems smarter to me to be a little conservative about debt, especially when you can lower your debtload by going to a school as good as Iowa.

User avatar
merichard87
Posts: 751
Joined: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:31 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby merichard87 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:55 pm

Normally I would say Vandy. They have better placement and options but for you I think Iowa would work well. As long as you don't mind staying in Iowa after graduation.

User avatar
20160810
Posts: 19648
Joined: Fri May 02, 2008 1:18 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby 20160810 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:56 pm

merichard87 wrote:Normally I would say Vandy. They have better placement and options but for you I think Iowa would work well. As long as you don't mind staying in Iowa after graduation.


Dude, Iowa is a T30 school, I'm pretty sure their reach goes a little further than Des Moines. Any big midwestern city is totally possible.

keg411
Posts: 5935
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:10 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby keg411 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:57 pm

SoftBoiledLife wrote:If you don't want to do biglaw and you've got children to take care of, it seems smarter to me to be a little conservative about debt, especially when you can lower your debtload by going to a school as good as Iowa.


+1

However, curious -- where do you want to practice? Are you from Iowa? If you are and you want to stay in the area, it's definitely an excellent decision.

User avatar
Grizz
Posts: 10583
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby Grizz » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:59 pm

Iowa. Not convinced Vandy is worth the debt with your situation. Especially since Vandy's LRAP is comparatively poor.

krj02004
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby krj02004 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:59 pm

SoftBoiledLife wrote:
merichard87 wrote:Normally I would say Vandy. They have better placement and options but for you I think Iowa would work well. As long as you don't mind staying in Iowa after graduation.


Dude, Iowa is a T30 school, I'm pretty sure their reach goes a little further than Des Moines. Any big midwestern city is totally possible.



Yeah I'm not concerned about that... less than 30% of grads stay in Iowa. Definitely confined to MidWest though...

User avatar
Discipulus Iustitiae
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:12 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby Discipulus Iustitiae » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:00 pm

Iowa is a very respectable law school, resting comfortably on the cusp of the T-25 and enjoying a nice reputation in the Midwest. The financial aid package and childcare allowance make things much easier for you and your family. I think you can rest assured that, all things considered, Iowa is the better choice for you.

krj02004
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby krj02004 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:03 pm

keg411 wrote:
SoftBoiledLife wrote:If you don't want to do biglaw and you've got children to take care of, it seems smarter to me to be a little conservative about debt, especially when you can lower your debtload by going to a school as good as Iowa.


+1

However, curious -- where do you want to practice? Are you from Iowa? If you are and you want to stay in the area, it's definitely an excellent decision.



Nope Baltimore, haha. But trying to have a good quality of life in a major city on the East Coast with kids is tough. I don't mind starting life over in the MidWest if it means my children have a better quality of life and can do more things because of lower COL. I'm divorced and portable... there are no strings attached to any state. I would have liked to be closer to my parents in Baltimore, but Nashville isn't close either.

User avatar
merichard87
Posts: 751
Joined: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:31 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby merichard87 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:04 pm

Yea so I'm definitely a girl and worst case scenario for a school is that you stay in the city/state/region. I was just pointing that out. Geez.

User avatar
traehekat
Posts: 3195
Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:00 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby traehekat » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:05 pm

No regional preference?

Iowa graduates are all over the Midwest (and Arizona, for some reason), so you cast a pretty big net with Iowa as far as square mileage is concerned. I think, given your situation, Iowa is a smart choice. If you really didn't want to be in the Midwest it might be a little closer.

rando
Posts: 908
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:57 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby rando » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:10 pm

I'm an ass for not reading before voting. Sorry. Remove one from Vandy and add one to Iowa.

keg411
Posts: 5935
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:10 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby keg411 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:29 pm

krj02004 wrote:
keg411 wrote:
SoftBoiledLife wrote:If you don't want to do biglaw and you've got children to take care of, it seems smarter to me to be a little conservative about debt, especially when you can lower your debtload by going to a school as good as Iowa.


+1

However, curious -- where do you want to practice? Are you from Iowa? If you are and you want to stay in the area, it's definitely an excellent decision.



Nope Baltimore, haha. But trying to have a good quality of life in a major city on the East Coast with kids is tough. I don't mind starting life over in the MidWest if it means my children have a better quality of life and can do more things because of lower COL. I'm divorced and portable... there are no strings attached to any state. I would have liked to be closer to my parents in Baltimore, but Nashville isn't close either.


No full ride to UMD? If you got that, I would take that in your situation in a heartbeat because then you would save $$$ on the childcare costs. Otherwise, the Iowa deal sounds good for you.

krj02004
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby krj02004 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:34 pm

.

krj02004
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby krj02004 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:37 pm

keg411 wrote:
krj02004 wrote:
keg411 wrote:
SoftBoiledLife wrote:If you don't want to do biglaw and you've got children to take care of, it seems smarter to me to be a little conservative about debt, especially when you can lower your debtload by going to a school as good as Iowa.


+1

However, curious -- where do you want to practice? Are you from Iowa? If you are and you want to stay in the area, it's definitely an excellent decision.



Nope Baltimore, haha. But trying to have a good quality of life in a major city on the East Coast with kids is tough. I don't mind starting life over in the MidWest if it means my children have a better quality of life and can do more things because of lower COL. I'm divorced and portable... there are no strings attached to any state. I would have liked to be closer to my parents in Baltimore, but Nashville isn't close either.


No full ride to UMD? If you got that, I would take that in your situation in a heartbeat because then you would save $$$ on the childcare costs. Otherwise, the Iowa deal sounds good for you.



All loans for UMD.... and wasn't impressed with their staff or facility when I visited. ALso, significantly less earnings post-grad than Iowa.

Also, how would I save money on childcare costs in MD? It's twice as much than Iowa.

keg411
Posts: 5935
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:10 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby keg411 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:47 pm

krj02004 wrote:All loans for UMD.... and wasn't impressed with their staff or facility when I visited. ALso, significantly less earnings post-grad than Iowa.

Also, how would I save money on childcare costs in MD? It's twice as much than Iowa.


You said your parents lived there; but it was probably presumptuous of me to believe that they would help out to help you relieve some of the financial burden. However, with all loans, that makes your decision very easy to get rid of UMD in the equation :).

krj02004
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby krj02004 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:01 am

Iowa it is! Thanks everyone for the feedback...

Slimpee
Posts: 777
Joined: Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:18 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby Slimpee » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:21 am

krj02004 wrote:Iowa it is! Thanks everyone for the feedback...


I voted for Iowa as well. I'll probably be there as well...see you in a few months!

JOThompson
Posts: 1311
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:16 am

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby JOThompson » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:29 am

I'll be faced with a similar decision if Vandy accepts me from the WL. In your case, I voted for Iowa.

krj02004
Posts: 158
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:33 pm

Re: Final Decision-- Vandy ($) v. Iowa ($$$)

Postby krj02004 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:33 am

Slimpee wrote:
krj02004 wrote:Iowa it is! Thanks everyone for the feedback...


I voted for Iowa as well. I'll probably be there as well...see you in a few months!


:D




Return to “Choosing a Law School”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], MSNbot Media and 2 guests