HeavenWood wrote: johnnyutah wrote:
PennStateBoy wrote:I'm also trying to decide between Temple and Villanova. I have a large scholarship to Villanova and also a scholarship to temple so overall the prices are not that far off, but temple still comes out to be a little cheaper. The thing that I have been thinking about is that the 163 LSAT average at Temple is significantly higher then the recently announced 160 at Nova. So if they have basically the same placement rates at big firms, do you think that it would be easier to succeed at Villanova because of less competition. Just an idea, let me know your thoughts.
Go to Temple. Villanova is in some shitty place way outside of town, and Temple alums seems to own the DA and PD offices.
And how do you know this isn't because of self-selection? Last time I checked, all available employment statistics indicate that it's a wash. I agree, as a young twenty-something, I'd rather live in Center City than a ritzy suburb, but as far as job placement goes, there's very little difference. Pick the one you like more.
FWIW, while biglaw prospects have historically been virtually identical from Temple and Villanova (though past results do not guarantee future performance, esp. if Nova enrolls weaker students and loses its better faculty going forward - YMMV), the most recent class of new hires at the Philly DA's office were dominated by Temple JDs (7 out of 11); this one-sidedness towards Temple is actually pretty typical in recent years. It's admittedly a little odd, given that Seth Williams adjuncts at both schools. This is worth considering for those interested in prosecution or criminal defense (ADA is a trad. path to crim defense). Could be self-selection of course, or could be Temple alums in the DA office favoring Temple hiring.
If you think you will only be happy in biglaw (ironically, virtually no one is once they get there), you probably should avoid all 3 of the schools you're choosing from.