Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

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Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby mwoodall29 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:35 am

Hi all,

I have to choose between OSU and WM by basically today or tomorrow for scholarship purposes. As far as my decision goes, I am pretty stuck as to how to proceed. I go to OSU for undergrad, so I am familiar with the city of Columbus and all it offers. My main concern with WM is the size of Williamsburg. Anyone have thoughts on the schools?

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby BobbyDylan » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:39 am

If you knew you were going to be stuck within a 20 mile radius of either school for the next 10 years, which would you choose? We'll call that School A.

What is the total cost of attending both schools, including living expenses?

Now, assume you chose School A, and it's cheaper to go to school at School B, would that difference in cost be enough to persuade you to move to the area within 20 miles of School B for the next ten years?

It's basically that simple. If its cheaper to go to School A, then you have your answer and you can stop the analysis right there.

Be forwarned that it will be difficult to get a job out of either school. Probably only a 15% chance at Big Law, another 5% chance at a "prestigious" clerkship, another 5% chance at a "respectable" clerkship, and a 40% chance of not having a job at all when you take the Bar Exam.

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby mwoodall29 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:46 am

For OSU, it would be $16,000 for tuition plus $11-12,000 for room. Let's put that at around $84,000. W&M would be $30,000 for three years plus a similar room fee. So, $128,000 or so. I would graduate from OSU with about $20,000 in debt versus WM at around $68,000.

I suppose that makes sense. From a lot of my friends in law school, they suggest going to the school that will be the least expensive.

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby ap613 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:53 am

No clue how it compares to Columbus, but Williamsburg is a small and quiet town/city. There are a handful of bars, its pretty touristy with Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. It's not really rural though. Also, 45 minutes in either direction is Richmond/Norfolk which are medium sized cities.

If you have ties to Ohio though and its cheaper, what's the case for W&M unless you want to work in VA.

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby Ersatz Haderach » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:56 am

OSU all the way. Save a bunch of money and you're the top dog in your local and state market.

I would choose OSU even if the cost were equal.

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby checkster » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:17 am

OSU, not close. Why pay double to go to a state with better schools but lacks larger markets? Stay where you have established some ties and have options at the Ohio cities.

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby seancris » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:21 am

OSU for 20 is a steal. You have ties, probably a great alumni base there. No brainer.

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Re: Ohio State ($16) v. W&M ($30)

Postby cinephile » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:22 am

OSU. It's cheaper and you have ties to Ohio - not only is this important career-wise, but it could help you stay in touch with friends in the area and have a life outside of law school.

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