foreversport45 wrote: Bronte wrote:
homegrown wrote:As a UofC grad, I don't even understand why there is a question.
If you want international anything Chicago is superior. Chicago has much more international clout than it does nationally. Among other things, all those Nobel Prizes add up to something.
There's a reason it's hys and ccn; they are simply a cut above.
It is a cut above and money equal, I would have chosen Chicago. However, the disparity between the schools is not so great that it's unreasonable to choose Michigan. I'm not one to place much emphasis on "quality of life" and "culture," but the disparity between the two on those counts is probably the strongest in the T14. Thus, I think there is a reasonable "question." One would not be insane to choose Michigan for personal reasons, and I know a number of the people in my class did so and do not regret their decision.
I think there is definitely a question. But it seems to me that the major reason to go to Michigan over Chicago is just because one likes the atmosphere of Michigan significantly more Chicago's. Thanks everyone for the advice. Keep posting if you think there is anything else that is important though, since I will still be making my decision through tomorrow. Thanks!
Here's a reason: If you want to practice international human rights law, you will have a very tough time doing it. From anywhere. It's just tough.
That said, the people that do
make it into this field tend to have both relevant work/international experience and connections. People overuse the "networking" bullshit line on here all the time in the employment forums, but nothing can replace the opportunity to actually work with these organizations. Michigan has established relationships with 20+ of these organizations in Geneva where you actually have designated placements for full-time, full semester externships (not some 10 week summer where people don't even remember your name). It's not like something where you apply and the NGOs like your school and think highly of your application because you're at Chicago - these organizations love having Michigan externs, and we actually have these positions already set in place. I think Michigan has one of the most established programs for those interested (on par with NYU, but more Geneva-centric than NYU's). That is not to say that Michigan will get you international law, or that Chicago won't. However, I think for the type of work you're interested in doing, the slightly better reputational advantage of putting the name Chicago on your resume would be more than countered by the better chance of working with these organizations yourself.
Just some food for thought.