Pepperdine vs. USF vs. Santa Clara

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minigirl13
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Pepperdine vs. USF vs. Santa Clara

Postby minigirl13 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:59 am

I am a graduating senior at UC Berkeley currently trying to decide where to attend law school in the fall, and the decision is pretty tough so far. I would love your input.

Of the places I have been accepted, I have narrowed my choices to Pepperdine (no scholarship, but highest ranked), USF (15k scholarship) and Santa Clara (9.5k scholarship).

I am interested in practicing tax/business law and I would like to eventually practice in the Bay Area. I know Pepperdine has the best rep, but some have told me USF and Santa Clara have better networks in the Bay and particularly SF. The 2 bay area schools, though ranked lower, have also offered me $. What concerns me, though, is that the newest rankings have dropped both USF and Santa Clara, and Pepperdine has gone up again.

I have emailed pepperdine trying to negotiate $, and am planning to follow up with a phone call tomorrow.

Based on my situation, what do you guys think would set me up best for career options, specifically in the bay? Does rank or location matter more?

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Re: Pepperdine vs. USF vs. Santa Clara

Postby Danteshek » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:00 am

Did you get into Loyola? I only ask because you said you are interested in tax. Hastings also has a pretty good tax program.

Without more information, I think Pepperdine is probably the right call here

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Re: Pepperdine vs. USF vs. Santa Clara

Postby minigirl13 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:16 am

Yes, I did get into Loyola. When I went to the campus, though, I did not really like it very much. Also, I was told that it would be pretty hard to get a job in the bay area if I went to Loyola.

And I didnt get into Hastings :(

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Re: Pepperdine vs. USF vs. Santa Clara

Postby rad lulz » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:26 am

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Re: Pepperdine vs. USF vs. Santa Clara

Postby Danteshek » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:36 am

minigirl13 wrote:Yes, I did get into Loyola. When I went to the campus, though, I did not really like it very much. Also, I was told that it would be pretty hard to get a job in the bay area if I went to Loyola.

And I didnt get into Hastings :(


Your prospects from Pepperdine are more or less identical to your prospects from Loyola. If you want to study tax, it is irrational to choose Pepperdine over Loyola. I highly suggest you compare the business/tax faculty from Pepperdine and Loyola. There is a significant difference in resources.

Don't worry about not getting into Hastings. The Daily Journal reported last Friday that Hastings is cutting the incoming class by 20%, or 80 students.

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Re: Pepperdine vs. USF vs. Santa Clara

Postby 1ferret! » Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:15 pm

Your shot at smaller bay area firms will be the best with either Santa Clara or USF. However, without more scholly $ those job prospects likely won't justify the cost of tuition..




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