Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

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Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby Blindc1rca » Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:11 pm

Basically what are the best schools for the non-lucrative fields of practice? Haha I see so many threads about job placement in Vault firms, but what about those of us who are fine with 50k/year? Go as deep as you see fit, as I may end up having to choose lower on the totem pole of overall rankings as a result of scholly opportunities and debt-avoidance, even though my stats are good enough for at least a few T14s (3.85/170).

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:50 pm

Generally: go to the highest ranked school you can get into
However: if you're set on a specific region, that rule does not apply universally. e.g. for SoCal UCLA/USC would be better than Cornell/GTown. So if you want a specific region also consider strong schools there as well as the overall rankings.

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby Blindc1rca » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:14 pm

btw when i said "fine with 50k a year" i was referring to salary, NOT tuition.

so... say i get into Columbia with 0$, Berkeley with 0$, Michigan with $20k, Virginia with $50k, Duke with $60k, UCLA with $80k, WashU/GW/BU full ride, what would be the right choice?

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:26 pm

I'd go with Columbia. Clerkships have always been pretty competitive and PI/Gov't is getting more competitive. Not knowing how you'll perform in law school, you can maximize your options and chances of getting a job where you want by going to the highest ranked school. Besides, with IBR, LRAP and getting a gov't/public job, you shouldn't worry too much about loans.

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Postby worldtraveler » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:14 pm

Step 1: Get into these schools.

Step 2: Research LRAP at these schools. Learn about IBR.

Step 3: Compare cost of attendance and LRAP programs.

Worrying about hypothetical situations without knowing a lot about LRAP progarms and IBR is not really productive.

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby arism87 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:16 pm

worldtraveler wrote:Step 1: Get into these schools.

Step 2: Research LRAP at these schools. Learn about IBR.

Step 3: Compare cost of attendance and LRAP programs.

Worrying about hypothetical situations without knowing a lot about LRAP progarms and IBR is not really productive.


This is my plan, FWIW

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby fugitivejammer » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:15 am

step 1: get in columbia

step 2: go to columbia


if u fail either step...

step 3: get in and go to nyu

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby retiree » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:50 am

The University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) is known for its Environmental Law program, and you won't be graduating with a 6-figure loan debt, either. It will be much less.

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby Hattori Hanzo » Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:31 pm

retiree wrote:The University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) is known for its Environmental Law program, and you won't be graduating with a 6-figure loan debt, either. It will be much less.


LOLZ :D

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Postby firemed » Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:19 pm

retiree wrote:The University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) is known for its Environmental Law program, and you won't be graduating with a 6-figure loan debt, either. It will be much less.


Only if he/she is a new mexico resident.... otherwise it is comparable to most other schools. Also, while they have a great PI focus, you aren't leaving the area ever again either unless you get a job with the feds.

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Re: Best Schools for PI/Govt/Clerkships/Immigration/Envirolaw

Postby polyester » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:42 am

fugitivejammer wrote:step 1: get in columbia

step 2: go to columbia


if u fail either step...

step 3: get in and go to nyu



this made me laugh




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