cynthia rose wrote:
minnbills wrote:I don't know LSU's reputation- but I wouldn't count on doing so well there. That can be a dangerous line of thinking.
I could be wrong but I interpreted his statement about doing well to refer more to his connections than grades - i.e., he's reasonably confident that he'll land on his feet no matter what (esp. with the low cost allowing him to take just about any salary). That said, if I was wrong then you are absolutely correct to remind him to not fall into that trap line of thought.
I was going to ask if there were any stips on the scholly but then I realized in-state sticker at LSU must be ~1/4 of the cost of UVA, so that is a moot point, I guess. WUSTL is pretty much a non-entity in this discussion. Even with the scholly they aren't as cheap or cheaper than LSU and they don't have the national prestige of UVA to justify that cost. I'd imagine some firms would give you a side eye for leaving your region just to attend some other regional school. (Oh, and to the person that asked, Tulane with $$$$ was not listed as an option b/c OP has not gotten an acceptance from Tulane yet, let alone money.)
If you are serious about wanting to eventually serve on the state's supreme court (and not just throwing that out there as some "I just wanna do everything under the sun"...it was kind of hard to tell from your post how committed you are to that end goal) then that is a very specific political goal which will require a lot of networking and making the right connections. You should research current and past LSU judges and see where they got their degrees from. If you notice most of them went to more 'elite' schools then that would likely point to LSU politics being full of prestige whores and you should go to UVA if you want a chance to fit in. If all or almost all of them went to an in-state institution then that points to a good ol' boy network that values loyalty over all else, and you should go to LSU. If there isn't a heavy leaning one way or the other then that probably means it's not where you go but who you already know, in which case you need to be brutally honest with yourself regarding the strength of your connections and your networking skills, then go to LSU if your connections are VERY strong (save money since you're already set) or lean more toward UVA if your connections are on the weak end (hedge your bets with preftige).
This is the correct reading of my post; thank you for your advice. LSU is significantly cheaper than 1/4 of UVA - UVA is just under 50K/year, LSU, with my 3/4 scholarship offered (i don't think that's with any stips - I need to re-read my letter) makes my tuition $3k/year. It's approximately 1/17 the price lol. Also true about Tulane - I also think LSU actually places better in-state than Tulane does. I've heard Tulane students are seen as a flight risk. However, if I got a really good scholarship to Tulane (highly unlikely for a splitter), I'd consider it. We'll see though. The justices are from: LSU, LSU, LSU, Tulane, Loyola New Orleans, LSU, and LSU, which makes me think you need to go to law school in-state in order for this to be realistic...
In response to aberzombie, I don't find this goal unrealistic. I find it to be very difficult, and will ultimately come down to things that I have no control over, but it's much less of a crap shoot than shooting to become an actual supreme court justice. Since there are no justices with JD's from Harvard, or a similar school, I see there being more of a "boys club" like the above poster said.
Doing this research has actually influenced my decision a bit, and I'm starting to think LSU if I stay in Louisiana, UVA if I potentially want to work elsewhere