Opinions? GW vs Davis

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Opinions? GW vs Davis

Postby phi63alpha » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:26 pm

GW with 26k/yr versus Davis with 30k/yr

I love the east coast and wouldn't mind ending up there, but no ties. I have strong ties all over california and especially in so cal. I would much rather be in an urban environment rather than Davis, but can most likely put that aside for the sake of my future. Davis doesn't seem to be as prestigious as GW. I'm very scared of debt, but don't want to sacrifice saving money for employment opportunities. I want to end up in business and/or Ip law, and preferably in big law. Also went to Davis for undergrad. I've got 15k in loans from undergrad. What do you all think?
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Re: Opinions? GW vs Davis

Postby 20160810 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:29 pm

Picked Davis over GW. Very happy with my choice. They're peer schools, just follow the money unless you're dying to work in DC.

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Re: Opinions? GW vs Davis

Postby rad lulz » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:22 am

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Re: Opinions? GW vs Davis

Postby bk1 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:25 am

phi63alpha wrote:I'm very scared of debt, but don't want to sacrifice saving money for employment opportunities.


This sentence is nonsensical. I'm just gonna assume that you mean: (1) you don't like debt, and (2) you don't necessarily want to sacrifice employment opportunities just to save money. If that's what you mean then the truth is you can't have it both ways. Granted between Davis and GW it doesn't matter since they are roughly peers, but generally more employment opportunities are going to cost you more money (e.g. the same person generally has to take out more debt for Berkeley than for Davis).

1. Most business law is corporate work done by biglaw firms. If you want that then neither GW nor Davis gives you a very good chance at it. If you really want that you should at least go to a T14.

2. What kind of IP? If it's hard IP then you generally need the prerequisite background. If it's soft IP then those jobs aren't very common.

3. Davis's prestige is in CA is about the same as GW's prestige in DC. Their prestige outside of those locations isn't all that relevant.

4. Between these 2, Davis is the right answer. With in-state tuition you can keep your debt at around 100k which is reasonable. GW on the other hand is going to put you over 200k debt by the time you graduate.

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Re: Opinions? GW vs Davis

Postby phi63alpha » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:09 pm

Thanks for the advice so far. I actually heard from GW today that I'm actually getting 26k a year now. So I'd be about 100k in debt with Davis and 150k in debt with GW. Does that change any of your opinions? And yeah I'm instate for Davis.

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Re: Opinions? GW vs Davis

Postby monkey85 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:17 pm

phi63alpha wrote:I want to end up in business and/or Ip law, and preferably in big law.


What is your undergrad background? Do you have a hard science? That should factor into your GW decision.

GW is not necessarily "IP secure" BUT it is "IP more secure than others" as a school. HTH.

Overall, ~20% of graduates go into BigLaw (understanding that slightly understates our BigLaw 2L SAs due to clerkships).

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Re: Opinions? GW vs Davis

Postby phi63alpha » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:42 pm

My undergrad is not in science - I'm an english major.




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