solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

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

W&L or WVU?

W&L/T35 with some debt
20
74%
WVU/state school with full tuition
7
26%
 
Total votes: 27

havenoclue
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:29 pm

solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby havenoclue » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:04 pm

For my law school decision, it has basically boiled down to going to Washington and Lee with a pretty good, 75% scholarship (but still about 30-40k in debt by graduation) versus going to West Virginia University with a full tuition scholarship (though rent, CoL still on me). While the schools are particular to me, I think this choice is really similar to one that a lot of people have to make, that is between a solid, T35 law school with debt vs. state school for free or cheap. So, I figured a lot of people would be wondering about this situation too, or have good things to say.

Anyways, for my case specifically, I'm from WV and really want to practice there when I graduate, maybe work for a firm, government agency, or get into politics. Also, I'd say about 85% of practicing lawyers in WV went there for law school. So, WVU makes some sense beyond the financials. W&L though offers much stronger academics and (at least for me) a great environment to go to school in socially and geographically. W&L also places a handful of people in WV each year (not as if that many try) and has clinical and externship opportunities that would allow me to work in WV. Also, they place pretty well in NOVA/DC, the other area I see myself in if I decide to leave WV (doubtful, but possible). I wouldn't be unhappy at WVU by any means, I think I might enjoy W&L more, though I'm not sure.

Anyone have any thoughts? Like I said, the schools are pretty specific to me, but it seems like a good proxy for a situation that a lot of other people probably find themselves in.

User avatar
ndirish2010
Posts: 2950
Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:41 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby ndirish2010 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:07 pm

WVU I think. Though you could get to WV with a W&L degree, I don't think it makes sense to not go to WVU.

SupraVln180
Posts: 883
Joined: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:50 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby SupraVln180 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:10 pm

I disagree, 35 K isn't that much to stomach, especially when W&L is an elite school in that area, where WV isn't an elite school anywhere. As long as you do well, you can snag a great job there and pay your debt off relatively quick.

havenoclue
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:29 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby havenoclue » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:23 pm

bump

the good school with debt vs. state school for free is an interesting dilemma, i think, especially in today's market.

User avatar
bk1
Posts: 18422
Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:06 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby bk1 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:27 pm

WVU because you want WV.

W&L isn't a good enough school to turn down WV for free... it's not like they'll be fawning all over W&L grads.

User avatar
Ty Webb
Posts: 517
Joined: Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:47 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby Ty Webb » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:29 pm

I would take the first opportunity to get out of WV and stay out of WV. But hey, it's home so you love it.

User avatar
tea_drinker
Posts: 781
Joined: Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:44 am

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby tea_drinker » Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:56 pm

havenoclue wrote:Anyways, for my case specifically, I'm from WV and really want to practice there when I graduate, maybe work for a firm, government agency, or get into politics. Also, I'd say about 85% of practicing lawyers in WV went there for law school. So, WVU makes some sense beyond the financials. W&L though offers much stronger academics and (at least for me) a great environment to go to school in socially and geographically. W&L also places a handful of people in WV each year (not as if that many try) and has clinical and externship opportunities that would allow me to work in WV. Also, they place pretty well in NOVA/DC, the other area I see myself in if I decide to leave WV (doubtful, but possible). I wouldn't be unhappy at WVU by any means, I think I might enjoy W&L more, though I'm not sure.


No offense intended, but how many firms are there, and their size, in WV? If you go to W&L, you can compete for firm jobs in all surrounding markets including WV as you mentioned.

User avatar
patrickd139
Posts: 2883
Joined: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:53 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby patrickd139 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:58 pm

bk1 wrote:WVU because you want WV.

W&L isn't a good enough school to turn down WV for free... it's not like they'll be fawning all over W&L grads.

User avatar
kch3684
Posts: 118
Joined: Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:49 am

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby kch3684 » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:03 pm

Did you go to w&l asd? They talked a lot about black lung clinics in wv, and how students who did those often ended up working for the mining companies in wv. Plus if you change your mind about wv you have more (not tons more) options with w&ll

SrLaw
Posts: 588
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:10 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby SrLaw » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:17 pm

kch3684 wrote:Did you go to w&l asd? They talked a lot about black lung clinics in wv, and how students who did those often ended up working for the mining companies in wv. Plus if you change your mind about wv you have more (not tons more) options with w&ll



What are your #'s?

User avatar
BarbellDreams
Posts: 2256
Joined: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:10 pm

Re: solid T35 with some debt vs. state school with a full ride?

Postby BarbellDreams » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:24 pm

If you are 100% sure you want to live and work in WV for the rest of your life this is a no brainer and you need to go to WVU.




Return to “Choosing a Law School”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MSNbot Media and 2 guests