Boston College 1.1k/mo for 10yrs vs Boston University 1.3k

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Boston College (96k CoA) vs Boston University (105k CoA)

Boston College (1100/mo. for 10 yrs.)
26
72%
Boston University (1300/mo. for 10 yrs.)
10
28%
 
Total votes: 36

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Cupidity
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Re: Boston College 1.1k/mo for 10yrs vs Boston University 1.3k

Postby Cupidity » Mon May 23, 2011 1:52 pm

Look, the numbers are the same. The differences we are talking about for both Clerkship and Firm placement border on the margin of error, and the odd's that you fall into the category where it matters are insanely low. In theory BC might only require top 30% and BU might require top 29%, so unless you are the one border student, it doesn't matter.

This needs to come down to culture and fit and nothing else. Do you want to live in Back-Bay, Downtown, Brookline? --> BU Do you want to live in Netwon? --> BC

Go to both the BCLS taking Q's or the BU 1L's & 2L's taking Q's for a more in depth discussion of the social environment of each school. Either school you need to make top third, in my opinion happiness --> good grades, pick the place where you'll be happy.

You mentioned you'd be in town to check the places out in a couple days, feel free to PM me if you'd like and we can get together for coffee/beer to discuss it.

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Re: Boston College 1.1k/mo for 10yrs vs Boston University 1.3k

Postby Slevin Kelevra 2011 » Mon May 23, 2011 3:21 pm

I agree. While BC has the better placement statistics into Biglaw, the better placement statistics into clerkships and is the cheaper option from both a tuition, scholarship and cost of living standpoint, the difference should really be how you like the campus.

While most students at BC and BU both live in the Allston/Brighton areas (the area in the three miles between the two campuses), the two campuses are very different. BC has its own private campus in quiet Newton with a handful of freshman living on the law school campus. It is a modern up-to-date library and has a traditional law school feel. The university as a whole has a strong alumni network and the sports programs keep alumni engaged and involved.

BU has its own tower on the main campus with the rest of the studentbody. While old, the tower has recently been renovated and serves its purpose very well. The law library is only a floor or two in the tower, but few students use it to study anyway. The BU campus is more urban near Kenmore square. There are some pretty views from the tower.

In the end, you need to visit the two schools to get a good feel for the students and the location. These are very different schools with very different experiences. While your recruiting will likely be the same, your experience during school will be very different. It is like the columbia vs. NYU debate, with BC being Columbia and BU being NYU. Different experiences, but both are great schools that do well for their students. Just a matter of preference.

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Re: Boston College 1.1k/mo for 10yrs vs Boston University 1.3k

Postby JusticeHarlan » Mon May 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Cupidity wrote:Do you want to live in Back-Bay, Downtown, Brookline? --> BU Do you want to live in Netwon? --> BC

I agree with the rest of your post here; just wanted to point out that most BC law students don't live in Newton proper, but in Alston, Brighton, and Brookline. Some do live in Newton, but it's more the exception than the rule.




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