BU v. Vanderbilt

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BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby polinerdemory » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:41 pm

So I'm pretty sure I know what everyone's answer will be, but which one should I attend? My goal is to do biglaw in NY, DC, or Boston. If Vanderbilt, how much better is it? Thanks in advance.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Cupidity » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:43 pm

If Boston then BU for sure.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby CaseClosed » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:46 pm

polinerdemory wrote:So I'm pretty sure I know what everyone's answer will be, but which one should I attend? My goal is to do biglaw in NY, DC, or Boston. If Vanderbilt, how much better is it? Thanks in advance.



I think you need to visit both law schools. Vanderbilt was one of my top choices until I visitied and HATED it. The law school was small and I didn't like the general atmosphere among the students. But you may love it, I dont know.

BU and Vandy are pretty close in rankings and if you want to work in Boston anyway you should probably just go to BU depending on what your scholarship offers are.

But overall I would say VISIT VISIT VISIT

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby ndirish2010 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:47 pm

BC.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Blindmelon » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:18 pm

ndirish2010 wrote:BC.


Troll is trolling.

Between Vand/BU - Vand places better overall no question, but for Boston, BU is a safer bet. For DC, Vand would have the edge, unsure about NYC.

Overall, Vand for everywhere but Boston probably.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby drylo » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:55 pm

Blindmelon wrote:
ndirish2010 wrote:BC.


Troll is trolling.

Between Vand/BU - Vand places better overall no question, but for Boston, BU is a safer bet. For DC, Vand would have the edge, unsure about NYC.

Overall, Vand for everywhere but Boston probably.


This may be about right. Vandy definitely has better overall placement. I really don't know about the Boston market--you should ask career services at Vandy about it if you are particularly concerned about the Boston market, though. But I agree with the previous poster--visit, if you can, and then obviously look at your price tags and make what is a very personal decision.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Informative » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:13 am

statistically, BC does place better in Boston. Between Vandy and BU, I would take Vandy unless I was sure I wanted Boston, in which case I would take BC or BU.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby 2011Law » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:27 am

Assuming you can save a significant amount (~50k) by going to BU over Vandy, I'd do BU. But if not, I'd definitely do Vandy.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby ATR » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:35 am

People ITT seem really focused on Boston, but OP states that is only one of his/her desired markets.

Visit both schools, wait on scholarship information, then come back.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby BCLS » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:43 am

Informative wrote:statistically, BC does place better in Boston. Between Vandy and BU, I would take Vandy unless I was sure I wanted Boston, in which case I would take BC or BU.

+1


I'd take Vandy. Pretty mobile school. They still do decently well in Boston. Follow the money....

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Informative » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:50 am

2011Law wrote:Assuming you can save a significant amount (~50k) by going to BU over Vandy, I'd do BU. But if not, I'd definitely do Vandy.


This would be very hard considering the CoL differences/

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby 2011Law » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:17 am

Informative wrote:
2011Law wrote:Assuming you can save a significant amount (~50k) by going to BU over Vandy, I'd do BU. But if not, I'd definitely do Vandy.


This would be very hard considering the CoL differences/


I don't think it would be that hard, tuition is 4k less per year at BU, so a 17k per year scholly would just about do it, assuming the CoL estimates for BU (17.5k) and Vandy (22.3k) should be switched 8) . Estimates are from this site.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Informative » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:22 am

BU is very expensive from just a CoL perspective. Rent, going out, food, etc. Everything is more expensive in Boston.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Cupidity » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:29 am

Informative wrote:BU is very expensive from just a CoL perspective. Rent, going out, food, etc. Everything is more expensive in Boston.


It isn't that bad

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Blindmelon » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:50 am

Informative wrote:statistically, BC does place better in Boston. Between Vandy and BU, I would take Vandy unless I was sure I wanted Boston, in which case I would take BC or BU.


What stats? Just curious, because I haven't seen any.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:59 am

Based on the information contained in your prior posts, BU might be the better choice. But I agree with the above poster who suggested visiting both law schools before deciding since these two law schools tend to make definite impressions on applicants.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Grizz » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:07 am

Are you from Boston? Did you get any money from any of these?

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:28 am

@rad law: Do you think that the atmosphere and culture at Vanderbilt Law School can be fairly described as slightly more conservative than most Northeastern US law schools ?

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby Grizz » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:39 am

CanadianWolf wrote:@rad law: Do you think that the atmosphere and culture at Vanderbilt Law School can be fairly described as slightly more conservative than most Northeastern US law schools ?


Haven't been to a Northeastern law school, but it's definitely more Conservative than my Yankee-ass undergrad.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby HeavenWood » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:55 pm

rad law wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:@rad law: Do you think that the atmosphere and culture at Vanderbilt Law School can be fairly described as slightly more conservative than most Northeastern US law schools ?


Haven't been to a Northeastern law school, but it's definitely more Conservative than my Yankee-ass undergrad.


From my (admittedly fleeting) impression of Vandy, the school has a somewhat more conservative (but by no means politically oppressive) culture. What really seemed to set Vandy apart from most northern schools was the distinctly "Southern preppy" vibe.

As caseclosed said, make sure you visit. The Vandy environment seems to polarize people. That being said, I would pick it over BU for DC and NYC. For Boston, BU may be the better choice.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby FuManChusco » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:03 pm

Cupidity wrote:
Informative wrote:BU is very expensive from just a CoL perspective. Rent, going out, food, etc. Everything is more expensive in Boston.


It isn't that bad


now you're being biased. they're comparing it to vandy, not fordham.

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby TheThreader » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:03 pm

vandy -- not close. unless you get a lot more money at BU

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby HeavenWood » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:07 pm

FuManChusco wrote:
Cupidity wrote:
Informative wrote:BU is very expensive from just a CoL perspective. Rent, going out, food, etc. Everything is more expensive in Boston.


It isn't that bad


now you're being biased. they're comparing it to vandy, not fordham.


Going by COL index alone, Nashville beats Boston by a long shot (88 vs. 129)

http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/bestcities_sort/

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby concurrent fork » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:04 pm

If your goal is biglaw in any one of those markets, Vandy for sure. It places significantly better overall than the 18-30s. BU only comes into play if you have a strong preference for Boston. Even then, I would only go to BU if you got some $$ (offset CoL difference).

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Re: BU v. Vanderbilt

Postby FuManChusco » Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:16 pm

HeavenWood wrote:
FuManChusco wrote:
Cupidity wrote:
Informative wrote:BU is very expensive from just a CoL perspective. Rent, going out, food, etc. Everything is more expensive in Boston.


It isn't that bad


now you're being biased. they're comparing it to vandy, not fordham.


Going by COL index alone, Nashville beats Boston by a long shot (88 vs. 129)

http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/bestcities_sort/


my point exactly. thank you. Boston is expensive.




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