Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

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Given that I want to work in Cali, should I go to:

USC with 90k
32
67%
Cornell with 60k
8
17%
Duke with 54k
4
8%
Georgetown with 30k
4
8%
 
Total votes: 48

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mr_toad
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Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

Postby mr_toad » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:36 am

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Re: Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

Postby aliarrow » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:43 am

It sounds like you know what you want, and USC with 90k isn't crazy at all. Your other options are great, but obviously best for someone who wants to stay on the East Coast. You can pretty much eliminate everything but GULC right off the bat. From there just decide for certain whether you want DC or SoCal. If it's a toss-up, go to GULC.

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Postby jwmalone87 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:52 am

Any of these options would be solid, but keep in mind that choosing Duke or Georgetown doesn't estrange you from SoCal by any means - your first job may not be in Cali, but if you seek it out, the prestige of those schools will still keep doors open.

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Re: Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

Postby jfb » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:04 am

just wondering, with those numbers, why not UCLA?

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Postby bk1 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:13 am

OP, if you are okay with CA and specifically SoCal, I don't think 90k at USC is a bad idea. In fact I think from an objective financial perspective, USC might actually be the winner here over DCG.

So yes, go to USC.

jfb wrote:just wondering, with those numbers, why not UCLA?


Why? UCLA is a peer to USC in every way except with possibly slightly further portability.

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Postby Zabini » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:49 am

I expect/hope to be making a very similar decision soon, tagging this post.

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Re: Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

Postby Danteshek » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:01 am

I would go with Georgetown, to be in DC. Your international experience will be a plus there.

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Postby mr_toad » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:58 am

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Postby stylishlaw » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:08 am

Go to USC. Why not Vandy and Texas with money? They also place in CA.

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Postby mr_toad » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:21 pm

stylishlaw wrote:Go to USC. Why not Vandy and Texas with money? They also place in CA.


Aye, they probably do, but from everything I have been reading and hearing, trying to get to Cali without ties is going to be really tough. Studying there is probably the best way of beginning to create those ties. If Vandy, then I would argue Duke makes even more sense (similar COA due to higher COL in Nashville). Anyways, moot point since I already withdrew from those two. But the vote so far is overwhelmingly in favor of USC...

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Postby Danteshek » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:23 am

The reason the vote favors USC is because you TOLD everyone you are leaning toward USC.

I think Georgetown makes way more sense in your situation.

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Postby bk1 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:26 am

Danteshek wrote:The reason the vote favors USC is because you TOLD everyone you are leaning toward USC.


No. The vote favors USC because OP told everyone that the leaning is towards LOS ANGELES, not USC.

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Re: Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

Postby mr_toad » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:02 am

What's the point of asking people to vote when they don't know where I would like to be? My goal was more to find out if I'm being crazy regarding leaning toward USC for working/living in Southern California, not to find out where the objectively 'better' school is. I think bk1 might have put that more succinctly than I just did... anyway, driving to Georgetown now and visiting Duke on Sunday/Monday, USC probably next weekend. Thanks for your input!

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Re: Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

Postby Stupendous_Man » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:47 am

Obviously I'm bias, but it sounds like you're looking for moral support for a decision you've pretty much made, so here it is: Go to USC! With the better financial position, it's less of a risk and you will have a less stressful time (money wise). USC does very well in LA and SoCal, I have a job in biglaw that I can't imagine people from much higher ranked schools didn't apply to, and over half the associates/partners I interviewed with were USC alums, so I really didn't feel disadvantaged.

The most valuable thing for you about USC though is the networking. USC has networking events at least every week (for example, last week Paul Hastings partners came to the school to chat, this week the Entertainment Law Society is going to CAA to meet a bunch of agents and studio execs), and you will really start building your contacts during law school. Especially since you have no ties to the area, if you want to work in Cali I can't see how you wouldn't go to USC.

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Re: Leaning USC for Cali with no Cali ties... am I crazy?

Postby 2things2 » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:58 am

go to USC and don't look back.




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