More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

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More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby catwomangirl » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:05 am

Berkeley (No scholly yet)
Michigan $$ (over three years)
Cornell $$$ (over three years)

Shower me with your collective wisdom!
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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Geneva » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:37 am

where do u want to work?

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby catwomangirl » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:54 am

Geneva wrote:where do u want to work?



I don't know....I've lived on the East Coast my whole life, and kinda feel like expanding my horizons.

I'm worried I'll turn into Elaine from Seinfeld.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Doorkeeper » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:55 am

Cornell if you definitely want NYC biglaw. They don't place well anywhere else.

Berkeley and Michigan are peer schools, so pick whichever one gives you the most scholarship and you like the best. Make sure to attend the ASW events. Both have national reach, although Berkeley has the edge in California if you want to live there after law school.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Onthebrink » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:06 am

Michigan wins the award for nicest t-14 out of HYS IMO. They are just always incredibly pleasant and it is quite refreshing. The big bump for Berkeley is the grading system (H/P/LP) but I am unaware with how well that plays with employers. Best of Luck!

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby taikofox » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:29 pm

I'm in the same position as you, OP, but without the Berkeley acceptance. Did you apply to Penn?

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby catwomangirl » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:35 pm

taikofox wrote:I'm in the same position as you, OP, but without the Berkeley acceptance. Did you apply to Penn?


No, I didn't. Is that your three-pronged decision?

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby lawyerwannabe » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:47 pm

Based on money given, prospects, and your desire to branch out from the east coast, Michigan seems like the perfect fit for you.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby taikofox » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:23 pm

catwomangirl wrote:
taikofox wrote:I'm in the same position as you, OP, but without the Berkeley acceptance. Did you apply to Penn?


No, I didn't. Is that your three-pronged decision?

Yep...

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Geneva » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:26 pm

so far mine is berkeley vs mich vs gulc. still waiting to hear back from 5 schools and find out about scholly money, though.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby catwomangirl » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:09 pm

taikofox wrote:
catwomangirl wrote:
taikofox wrote:I'm in the same position as you, OP, but without the Berkeley acceptance. Did you apply to Penn?


No, I didn't. Is that your three-pronged decision?

Yep...

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haha cute!

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby worldtraveler » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:51 pm

Onthebrink wrote:Michigan wins the award for nicest t-14 out of HYS IMO. They are just always incredibly pleasant and it is quite refreshing. The big bump for Berkeley is the grading system (H/P/LP) but I am unaware with how well that plays with employers. Best of Luck!


That's not the Berkeley grading system. It's HH/H/P.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby 03121202698008 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:57 pm

Michigan. Hands down.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Geneva » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:14 am

blowhard wrote:Michigan. Hands down.


imagine same cost for berk and mich. would u still say mich?

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Geneva » Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:26 am

bdubs wrote:Take Berkeley with $75k

http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm


nice thought, but there's no guarantee they will match the amount.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby 03121202698008 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:05 am

Geneva wrote:
blowhard wrote:Michigan. Hands down.


imagine same cost for berk and mich. would u still say mich?


Absolutely

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby DaftAndDirect » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:17 am

bdubs wrote:Take Berkeley with $75k

http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm


wow, whole t14 except for NU...weird

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby xcountryjunkie » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:06 am

DaftAndDirect wrote:
bdubs wrote:Take Berkeley with $75k

http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm


wow, whole t14 except for NU...weird


Doesn't surprise me. They look for different types of students. NU is very much a splitter-friendly school, whereas Berkeley is a reverse-splitter-friendly school.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby bilbobaggins » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:08 pm

Looked at both - once I got into Berkeley I didn't look back. But, I love the Bay Area and California. Michigan has a nice campus, but AA is a small college town. They're both great schools. Visit both, hope for even financials and then pick which one you like more. If it's more than a few thousand dollars difference, go to Michigan.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby wolverine2013 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:03 pm

AA isn't that small. There are a bunch of restaurants, parks, football games to go to. It's not NYC, but in my mind that's a plus (Cost of living, real sense of community, professors who are always in the office).

bilbobaggins wrote:Looked at both - once I got into Berkeley I didn't look back. But, I love the Bay Area and California. Michigan has a nice campus, but AA is a small college town. They're both great schools. Visit both, hope for even financials and then pick which one you like more. If it's more than a few thousand dollars difference, go to Michigan.

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Geneva » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:45 pm

bilbobaggins wrote:Looked at both - once I got into Berkeley I didn't look back. But, I love the Bay Area and California. Michigan has a nice campus, but AA is a small college town. They're both great schools. Visit both, hope for even financials and then pick which one you like more. If it's more than a few thousand dollars difference, go to Michigan.


how liberal is berkeley? would a conservative person feel out of place there?

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Re: More Info: Berkeley vs Michigan vs Cornell

Postby Boggs » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:06 am

Geneva wrote:
bilbobaggins wrote:Looked at both - once I got into Berkeley I didn't look back. But, I love the Bay Area and California. Michigan has a nice campus, but AA is a small college town. They're both great schools. Visit both, hope for even financials and then pick which one you like more. If it's more than a few thousand dollars difference, go to Michigan.


how liberal is berkeley? would a conservative person feel out of place there?


The town or the law school?

The law school is far from hyper-liberal. One small anecdote: this year's 1L class has a former Bush speechwriter. That said, the student body is certainly more liberal than it is conservative. The default viewpoint is liberal, but there is a surprising amount of variation on issues that are not traditionally left/right issues. And, I know several dedicated conservatives. I'm not sure if they feel out of place, but they don't act like they do.

If you have more specific questions on this point, feel free to PM me. I come from a VERY conservative part of the country and the political dynamics here have really interested me.




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