UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby allthehelpicanget » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:25 am

UIUC ($20,000/year)

OR

WUSTL (Sticker Price)

What would you do? No preference of cities. Which has better job placement in biglaw in general (not just based on NLJ)? Which one has deeper alumni connections?

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby bk1 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:28 am

They are peer schools. Illinois is far cheaper. This is a no brainer.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby ndirish2010 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:50 am

Yeah, this is not close. Unless you have a burning desire to be in St Louis, in which case you should retake rather than paying sticker for WUSTL.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby kdw94780 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:55 am

ndirish2010 wrote:Yeah, this is not close. Unless you have a burning desire to be in St Louis, in which case you should retake rather than paying sticker for WUSTL.


+1

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby bball25 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:59 am

UIUC

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:02 am

I go to WUSTL and endorse everything that has been said ITT. I love the school, but I don't think it's worth 20k more than UIUC without a compelling reason for needing to be in St. Louis.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:03 am

Easily UIUC

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby Rule11 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:21 am

Of course UIUC, but you shouldn't be going to either school if biglaw is an important part of your goals calculus. Chances are very low coming from either one (in either case not nearly high enough to justify cost of attendance).

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby ndirish2010 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:23 am

Rule11 wrote:Of course UIUC, but you shouldn't be going to either school if biglaw is an important part of your goals calculus. Chances are very low coming from either one (in either case not nearly high enough to justify cost of attendance).


UIUC is pretty cheap here. If you have any money saved up or help paying, it can be very manageable and with decent grades you'll find something that pays 40-50K that you can pay off your manageable debt.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:26 am

Illinois is the better choice, in my opinion. Congratulations !

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby JamMasterJ » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:28 am

Similar schools with a 20K/year scholarship to the cheaper one.... Illinois

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:28 am

Out of curiosity, how many firms go to the respective schools' OCI?

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby Helmholtz » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:29 am

WUSTL for the prestige

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:29 am

bk1 wrote:They are peer schools. Illinois is far cheaper. This is a no brainer.

This. There are multiple WUSTL students in this thread saying this, too. That should tell you how obvious the answer is.

Helmholtz wrote:WUSTL for the prestige

Lulz.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:33 am

Oh snap, I thought it was 20k total at UIUC. How is this even a question.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby kdw94780 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:38 am

stratocophic wrote:Oh snap, I thought it was 20k total at UIUC. How is this even a question.


I think OP is tempted by WUSTL's overall reputation as a prestigious university and the fact that UIUC is in the middle of nowhere. I go to Wash U man. While Wash U may be better nationally and it may be nicer to live in StL, I would never advise going here on sticker when you can go to UIUC for half the price. I chose WUSTL with a 114,000 scholarship over UIUC with a 120,000. I don't regret it, but the difference was not too large.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:43 am

kdw94780 wrote:
stratocophic wrote:Oh snap, I thought it was 20k total at UIUC. How is this even a question.


I think OP is tempted by WUSTL's overall reputation as a prestigious university and the fact that UIUC is in the middle of nowhere. I go to Wash U man. While Wash U may be better nationally and it may be nicer to live in StL, I would never advise going here on sticker when you can go to UIUC for half the price. I chose WUSTL with a 114,000 scholarship over UIUC with a 120,000. I don't regret it, but the difference was not too large.
I'm a WUSTL 2L too :? 20k total's a stretch for picking a peer school over a cheaper one, but it isn't crazy, 60k would be crazy, 6k isn't a huge deal. I.e. we're in agreement

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:59 am

stratocophic wrote:
kdw94780 wrote:
stratocophic wrote:Oh snap, I thought it was 20k total at UIUC. How is this even a question.


I think OP is tempted by WUSTL's overall reputation as a prestigious university and the fact that UIUC is in the middle of nowhere. I go to Wash U man. While Wash U may be better nationally and it may be nicer to live in StL, I would never advise going here on sticker when you can go to UIUC for half the price. I chose WUSTL with a 114,000 scholarship over UIUC with a 120,000. I don't regret it, but the difference was not too large.
I'm a WUSTL 2L too

Oh hai me 2! What a coinky-dink.

But yeah, I still recommend UIUC. Have you tried negotiating with WUSTL, OP? What numbers do you have that got you 0 money at WUSTL and 20k at UIUC?

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby allthehelpicanget » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:34 pm

wow genuinely surprised that even hardcore people from WUSTL are saying that I should go to UIUC. Anybody here from UIUC willing to tell me more about the school?

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:38 pm

allthehelpicanget wrote:wow genuinely surprised that even hardcore people from WUSTL are saying that I should go to UIUC. Anybody here from UIUC willing to tell me more about the school?
Dude 60k was more than enough to pull me from Vandy to WUSTL, and there's a much bigger difference there than in your situation.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:40 pm

stratocophic wrote:
allthehelpicanget wrote:wow genuinely surprised that even hardcore people from WUSTL are saying that I should go to UIUC. Anybody here from UIUC willing to tell me more about the school?
Dude 60k was more than enough to pull me from Vandy to WUSTL, and there's a much bigger difference there than in your situation.

Bingo.

All of us posting from WUSTL love WUSTL (or at least I think we all do, I know I do). But we are talking about peer schools here.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:07 pm

romothesavior wrote:
stratocophic wrote:
allthehelpicanget wrote:wow genuinely surprised that even hardcore people from WUSTL are saying that I should go to UIUC. Anybody here from UIUC willing to tell me more about the school?
Dude 60k was more than enough to pull me from Vandy to WUSTL, and there's a much bigger difference there than in your situation.

Bingo.

All of us posting from WUSTL love WUSTL (or at least I think we all do, I know I do). But we are talking about peer schools here.
<3's dat WOOSTL

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby allthehelpicanget » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:58 pm

Could you tell me what you guys love about WUSTL? How are the professors like?

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby blurbz » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:06 pm

As an Illinois student who made a similar decision last year, I recommend Illinois for the same reasons the WUSTL clan is: It's cheaper. The schools are peers in every sense of the word!

I love Illinois, too, for what it's worth.

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Re: UIUC (20,000) or WUSTL (sticker) WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Postby stratocophic » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:07 pm

allthehelpicanget wrote:Could you tell me what you guys love about WUSTL? How are the professors like?
People are cool and in general not that law-schooly IMO, sweet campus and building, social stuff's good, and it's cheaper than any of its peers would have been for me. I also like my neighborhood and the other ones nearby. Love walking to class every day, even when it's awful outside. Professors are a mixed bag, but there are some great ones to balance out the meh so just like anywhere else really (Collins, Baker, Goldwasser are my 3 thus far, but I only work for Collins, haven't taken a class with him yet).

Most people would probably say all of that about their school, as most people have some manner of pride and believe that their place is the best. Par for the course. I went to an UG that was fun as hell and well-respected. WUSTL compares favorably to it, which has endeared it to me. I will say that UIUC was the only other school that made me feel like they had any real interest in whether I chose them or not though, so I look upon them favorably in general.




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