east coast/west coast?

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where to go?

UCI (20k/year)
22
71%
Loyola (29k/yr)
3
10%
American (10k/first yr only)
0
No votes
Hastings (no$)
3
10%
Fordham (no$)
2
6%
Cardozo (29k/year)
1
3%
 
Total votes: 31

nthakker
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east coast/west coast?

Postby nthakker » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:03 pm

Hi,

I'm currently an east coaster looking to settle out west (at least eventually) and I'm not sure where to go. Places I'm considering are Loyola, UCI, Hastings, American, Fordham, and Cardozo. I'm still waiting to hear from USC and Davis, but I doubt I'll get in. Any advice is helpful.

thank you so much.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby llachans » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:05 pm

Given that you want West Coast, only go to a school on the West Coast. Your other options won't get you there.

Edit: Voted UCI.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby travman90 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:06 pm

nthakker wrote:Hi,

I'm currently an east coaster looking to settle out west (at least eventually) and I'm not sure where to go. Places I'm considering are Loyola, UCI, Hastings, American, Fordham, and Cardozo. I'm still waiting to hear from USC and Davis, but I doubt I'll get in. Any advice is helpful.

thank you so much.


my opinion. if you really want west coast getting out there to build connections is going to be key. that siad you don't have a lot of options in your pool there.

West
Loyola isn't worth the money.
UCI is a gamble as its too new to tell what kind of prospects they really offer.
Hastings is an established school, which I personally hate. High cost of living, but it is certianly respected in the SF area.

East:
American - never go here.
Fordham - worth it if you want to stay on the east coast, not such great prospects out west though.
Cardozo - see Fordham, but then imagine lower prospects on the west coast.

If you get into either Davis or USC those might be worth it, but if that's unlikely you don't have great prospects here for what you want. What type of law are you looking to break into on the west coast?

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby llachans » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:08 pm

Also, do you only want California? If you were open to OR or WA, I would've applied to UO, UW, and L&C if I were you.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby nthakker » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:22 pm

I applied to UW, still waiting to hear. I'm pretty open as far as what I want to practice, mid-size firm would be ideal, and I'm interested in IP. Thanks so much for all the advice, any more is always welcome.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby travman90 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:24 pm

nthakker wrote:I applied to UW, still waiting to hear. I'm pretty open as far as what I want to practice, mid-size firm would be ideal, and I'm interested in IP. Thanks so much for all the advice, any more is always welcome.


I'd say
1) Hastings
2) UCI

but pretty much everything else isn't going to work out with your career placement/goals.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby top30man » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:35 pm

travman90 wrote:
nthakker wrote:I applied to UW, still waiting to hear. I'm pretty open as far as what I want to practice, mid-size firm would be ideal, and I'm interested in IP. Thanks so much for all the advice, any more is always welcome.


I'd say
1) Hastings
2) UCI

but pretty much everything else isn't going to work out with your career placement/goals.

Pretty much agreed. Which one of the UCs gave you more money? R
That school would be my pick.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby nthakker » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:41 pm

Hastings hasn't given me any money, UCI gave me $20k/year. Thank you so much!

top30man wrote:
travman90 wrote:
nthakker wrote:I applied to UW, still waiting to hear. I'm pretty open as far as what I want to practice, mid-size firm would be ideal, and I'm interested in IP. Thanks so much for all the advice, any more is always welcome.


I'd say
1) Hastings
2) UCI

but pretty much everything else isn't going to work out with your career placement/goals.

Pretty much agreed. Which one of the UCs gave you more money? R
That school would be my pick.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby apropos » Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:32 pm

nthakker wrote:Hastings hasn't given me any money, UCI gave me $20k/year. Thank you so much!

top30man wrote:
travman90 wrote:
nthakker wrote:I applied to UW, still waiting to hear. I'm pretty open as far as what I want to practice, mid-size firm would be ideal, and I'm interested in IP. Thanks so much for all the advice, any more is always welcome.


I'd say
1) Hastings
2) UCI

but pretty much everything else isn't going to work out with your career placement/goals.

Pretty much agreed. Which one of the UCs gave you more money? R
That school would be my pick.


Pretty much agreed, except where on the west coast do you want to live. NorCal and SoCal are so different, the mere fact that they are on the same ocean can't be the whole story. SoCal=UCI/USC; NorCal=Hastings/Davis.

And those east coast schools are worthless if you want to live on the west coast. Rule them out.

You applied to Loyola, so I'm a little confused as to why you didn't apply to USD. You may have got more money and I'm of the opinion that USD>Loyola.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby nthakker » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:06 pm

Yeah, I'm not really sure why I didn't apply to USD either -- I applied to 24 schools so I guess I just got bored after a while. I'm pretty open as to where I move, I don't have a strong preference between Norcal and Socal. Thanks, everyone.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby coldpixies » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:44 pm

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby keg411 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:52 pm

coldpixies wrote:I'm surprised the polls are tipped towards UCI's favor; with your information/goals in mind, I'd definitely go with Hastings. With no ties/connections to the west coast, you're going to want to build it up during your 3 years in law school and Hasting's alumni network is extensive, plus its strong reputation in NorCal is going to help you out tremendously come time for interviews. UCI, on the other, is too new like one poster previously mentioned and therefore too much of a gamble without any real alumni network/ties.


Hastings gave OP $0. UCI gave OP $20k/year. That's the difference.

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby odetojefferson » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:52 pm

OP: are you confident you won't get money at Hastings or have you simply not received your financial aid info yet?

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Re: east coast/west coast?

Postby nthakker » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:14 pm

I'm certain I didn't get any merit award from Hastings; I haven't heard about need-based award from any of my schools yet.

This is probably a stupid question, but how much is a strong alum network worth? I figure at UCI, since they're so new and have a small class, the career services office will work twice as hard to make sure students get jobs if only to impress USNWR -- am I just being naive?

Thanks!




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