last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

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3 yr totals

Chicago (0)
36
42%
Penn (30k)
12
14%
Mich (45k)
0
No votes
Duke (72k)
38
44%
 
Total votes: 86

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last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby swoozie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:50 pm

I'm really going crazy here...I know I need to just think it through and decide, but any last minute thoughts would be really appreciated.

Heard back from Chicago today and they aren't giving me any aid, meanwhile Duke went up to 24k/yr. Turned in scholarship appeal to Chicago and I'll be contacting Penn tomorrow, but considering Duke's deposit will need to be mailed tomorrow if I go there, I need to make a decision tonight (even if it's to take Duke out).

- Visited Duke and Penn, liked both. Didn't visit Chi, except for undergrad like 7 yrs ago (at which point, I liked it). Penn appeals to me because of city + proximity to family/friends, Duke appeals to me because of weather + where I live will probably be nicer.
- Between savings and help from family, Duke lands me right around or very close to no debt. Penn and Chi put me about 50k and 80k respectively. (I took the numbers they gave and then assumed an increase of 5% each year).
- I am not sure where I want to work. Leaning DC, dislike NYC. I also don't have great ties to any major market (NY, DC, west, midwest) unless I marry my friend in CA*.
- Clerking looks like it might be interesting, but I want a firm job. At least for a little while. At this point, I don't think I want PI so not really considering LRAP. I'm thinking IP, I'm patent bar eligible, and I have 2+ yrs of WE.

My last poll was largely to Chicago but I'm wondering if the slight increase in money from Duke changes that (also I got a lot of votes but not much discussion). Michigan w/ 45k is still on the table, too, so I stuck it in the poll, but feeling a bit meh about that option.

* I'm kidding.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby cjcregg » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:27 pm

I think a 50k debt burden will be fairly easy to pay off after a few years at a firm. I think this is a contest between Penn and Chicago. I voted for Penn b/c of the 30k and the family/friends connection. Nevertheless, if I was in your shoes w/o the family/friends variable and got the 30k to Penn, I'd pick Chicago pretty easily. So I guess only you can judge how significant the family/friends factor is. I visited both schools. They both impressed me. Feel free to PM me w/ questions. I'm heading to Chicago in the fall.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby craygar » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:34 pm

I voted duke, mainly because you mentioned clerkships and the no debt.
Duke ranks higher than Penn or Chi for both clerkships in general and article iii clerkships as well
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it ranks 6 overall, and 4 in terms of T14, right after HYS

also, i dont think there is too big a difference between penn and duke, so i'd take duke with more money. finally, if you want dc, i think duke has the upper hand, it has the duke in dc program.

still, any decision you make will be a good one.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby swoozie » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:54 pm

It is interesting that this poll is exactly opposite of my last one: that one went Chi > Penn > Duke. Did the extra 12k make the difference, or something else?

I'm so split between the options right now. :( :( my thought process obviously isn't getting my anywhere so I'd love to hear others. maybe I'll draw names out of a hat...

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby bk1 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:01 am

I have no idea why your previous poll was so UChi heavy. The only thing that I could think of was your dislike for NYC.

I'd take Duke here since it's so much cheaper. But if you really don't want to work in NYC then maybe UChi because it gives you a good shot at biglaw in a non-NYC city (Chicago). No other school gives you a good shot at biglaw outside of NYC other than UChi.

Duke: 162k debt at graduation (interest included) -using 12-13 budget
UChi: 250k debt at graduation (interest included) -using 11-12 budget

UChi's going to be about 90k more. I don't think that makes any sense. I guess if you could never work in NYC then maybe, but even then it just does not seem justified to me.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby swoozie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:21 am

My dislike of NYC would obviously take a backseat if the best job offer came from NYC. Just as far as living, there are a lot of places I like better. :? That said, the smaller difference between Penn/Duke isn't worth it either? I'm looking at that 2010 employment spreadsheet...

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby TaipeiMort » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:23 am

Duke is nice. I would go there if you wanted NYC Big law or Southern Midlaw. Otherwise, Chicago will allow you to get where you want to go. Duke will likely get you to NYC, and if you are a cognitive dissonance type, you can always just convince yourself you always wanted NYC. Duke is worth the gamble if you are willing to accept NYC.

Don't believe that it is easier to get A3 clerk ships from Duke. Chicago has fewer people gunning for them, and you will be able to get at least Dist Court with effort. That's right, I'm suggesting that anyone wanting an A3 clerkship from Chicago gets one. If you want a good DC/AC, you will get one with top 30% grades or above median if you want to go firm first.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby Tiago Splitter » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:36 am

TaipeiMort wrote:That's right, I'm suggesting that anyone wanting an A3 clerkship from Chicago gets one.


Damn TaipeiMort raisin the stakes.

OP I ended up with similar options (CCN vs. Lower T-14 $$) and realized that with these debt levels NYC BigLaw has to be on the table. Might as well go to the school that gives you the best odds there, and then just gun hard for the truly preferred option. That said Penn seems like a nice middle of the road option here, but I'd take Chicago.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby swoozie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:33 am

thanks @ TaipeiMort, I will still probably prefer...not-NYC. I'm going to take another look at the big packet Duke gave us with the locations for 2L SAs for 2012.

@Tiago Splitter
I remember you from way earlier this cycle, you gave some pretty good advice as far as schools to apply to. :D Thanks for that and glad to see your cycle worked out well.

Would a bit more $ from Penn change things? I'm probably out of time for negotiations so I'm not counting on anything, but they don't know about my higher offer from Duke nor my acceptance to Chicago. I'm thinking of asking if they'd be willing to make the gap between Duke/Penn smaller (thus making the gap between Penn/Chi larger).

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby lsatcrazy » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:59 am

TaipeiMort wrote:Duke is nice. I would go there if you wanted NYC Big law or Southern Midlaw. Otherwise, Chicago will allow you to get where you want to go. Duke will likely get you to NYC, and if you are a cognitive dissonance type, you can always just convince yourself you always wanted NYC. Duke is worth the gamble if you are willing to accept NYC.

Don't believe that it is easier to get A3 clerk ships from Duke. Chicago has fewer people gunning for them, and you will be able to get at least Dist Court with effort. That's right, I'm suggesting that anyone wanting an A3 clerkship from Chicago gets one. If you want a good DC/AC, you will get one with top 30% grades or above median if you want to go firm first.


Not saying that Taipeinort is necessarily wrong, but relevant:

G. T. L. Rev. wrote:
lsatcrazy wrote:At both Columbia and NYU ASWs, faculty were making claims that "If you are geographically open-minded, landing a clerkship is a near-guarantee". Any/how much truth to this sentiment?

"A clerkship," huh? Assuming the most expansive possible interpretation of that term -- which would include state trial courts in Arkansas and traffic court in New Jersey -- then maybe.

If, on the other hand, they meant "a federal Article III clerkship" (i.e., U.S. court of appeals or district court), then the claim is one hundred percent false. Fraudulently so. Tons of people from CCN apply for clerkships every year and strike out. This includes people on Law Review at those schools. CLS & NYU place something like eight to ten percent of their class into Art. III clerkships. Those numbers would go up if every applicant applied broadly and hustled (many do not), but there would still be quite a few strikeout victims.

Applying broadly helps, but it also has its limits. Judges in places like Fargo, ND are usually far more prone to hire top students from local, lower-ranked schools than a random top 1/3 student at CLS with no local ties. This means that the broad swath of "flyover" clerkships are not a reliable fallback for students outside the top third or so at top schools.

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Postby 09042014 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:08 am

TaipeiMort wrote:Duke is nice. I would go there if you wanted NYC Big law or Southern Midlaw. Otherwise, Chicago will allow you to get where you want to go. Duke will likely get you to NYC, and if you are a cognitive dissonance type, you can always just convince yourself you always wanted NYC. Duke is worth the gamble if you are willing to accept NYC.

Don't believe that it is easier to get A3 clerk ships from Duke. Chicago has fewer people gunning for them, and you will be able to get at least Dist Court with effort. That's right, I'm suggesting that anyone wanting an A3 clerkship from Chicago gets one. If you want a good DC/AC, you will get one with top 30% grades or above median if you want to go firm first.


This takes school fanboism to an insane level.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby rayiner » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:08 am

TaipeiMort wrote:Duke is nice. I would go there if you wanted NYC Big law or Southern Midlaw. Otherwise, Chicago will allow you to get where you want to go. Duke will likely get you to NYC, and if you are a cognitive dissonance type, you can always just convince yourself you always wanted NYC. Duke is worth the gamble if you are willing to accept NYC.

Don't believe that it is easier to get A3 clerk ships from Duke. Chicago has fewer people gunning for them, and you will be able to get at least Dist Court with effort. That's right, I'm suggesting that anyone wanting an A3 clerkship from Chicago gets one. If you want a good DC/AC, you will get one with top 30% grades or above median if you want to go firm first.


That's complete fabrication. If that's true, why do 11% of people doing clerkships at U Chi do state clerkships?

Also, U Chicago students want to clerk like fuck. Chicago is a major destination for clerkship aspirants.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby Tom Joad » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:14 am

Going to vote for Chicago simply because of your savings and family help. Otherwise I would say Duke. But 80 grand in debt with a Chicago JD doesn't sound too bad.

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Subject: chicago..

How did it happen that making the tired claim that this ghetto shithole is UNDERrated became the signature conversation piece for people who desperately want to be thought smart; really, really smart. smart people love "rigor" and Chicago is full of it; it must be, what with its hair-splitting number grades, punishingly low enforced mean, and oppressive course load. Chicago boosterism usually comes in the form of a comparison with the appallingly UNrigorous Stanford or Yale -- gradeless, abundantly pass-fail, unserious; students who do nothing and know nothing. Chicago: graded, competitive, serious... That it's really just a ruptured ego rehab clinic for Harvard rejects is a fact not emphasized. I have seen a homely Chicago girl, deep into her second year, still spontaneously weeping upon Proustian recollections of the stiff NO Harvard sent her, in brisk three-week turnaround time from the point her doomed application was deemed complete. Happy December, chickiepoo. 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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby swoozie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:35 am

^ what the heck

thanks for all the clarifications. I did mention clerking but it's not something I'm aiming as must-have...just a "seems interesting, will look into it more and perhaps go for a clerkship if all the stars align", etc.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby rayiner » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:40 am

Ask Penn for more money. The difference in clerkship placement amongst these schools is basically nothing.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby smokeylarue » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:51 am

Chicago or Penn to maximize your chances at firm job. Duke is not a terrible option either, but I'd go for more of the safety net of Penn or Chicago.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby swoozie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:27 am

rayiner wrote:Ask Penn for more money. The difference in clerkship placement amongst these schools is basically nothing.

I'm going to do this. Even though the poll leads on Duke, Chi. I feel like the donkey that doesn't move towards either pile of hay and just stays in the middle (Penn).

The thought of turning down any of these schools makes me feel sick. :( Or maybe I need to go eat breakfast. :)

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby Geneva » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:13 am

Tagged because of Chicago rant. GL with your decision!

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby TaipeiMort » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:35 am

rayiner wrote:
TaipeiMort wrote:Duke is nice. I would go there if you wanted NYC Big law or Southern Midlaw. Otherwise, Chicago will allow you to get where you want to go. Duke will likely get you to NYC, and if you are a cognitive dissonance type, you can always just convince yourself you always wanted NYC. Duke is worth the gamble if you are willing to accept NYC.

Don't believe that it is easier to get A3 clerk ships from Duke. Chicago has fewer people gunning for them, and you will be able to get at least Dist Court with effort. That's right, I'm suggesting that anyone wanting an A3 clerkship from Chicago gets one. If you want a good DC/AC, you will get one with top 30% grades or above median if you want to go firm first.


That's complete fabrication. If that's true, why do 11% of people doing clerkships at U Chi do state clerkships?

Also, U Chicago students want to clerk like fuck. Chicago is a major destination for clerkship aspirants.

Because if you want a dc from Chicago and have crap grades, you'll have to mail and network your way to some pretty unexciting places, like Montana, Chattanooga, and Maine. People don't want to do this to themselves who don't have big law/ want to practice in a region for a reason. For example, if you are PDing. Or Dating in a particular location, a DC in Denver won't help you, but the craziness that is state court will.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby msblaw89 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:57 am

Chicago>>Penn>>>Duke. Plus, if you don't want NYC biglaw you can always work in Chicago...or really any other metro area. Chicago is a top 5 school...I doubt anyone will turn you down BECAUSE you went to Chicago. That's stupid

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby swoozie » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:17 am

msblaw89 wrote:Chicago>>Penn>>>Duke. Plus, if you don't want NYC biglaw you can always work in Chicago...or really any other metro area. Chicago is a top 5 school...I doubt anyone will turn you down BECAUSE you went to Chicago. That's stupid

I agree completely, I guess I'm just trying to figure out if the increased benefit is worth a 90k difference (that's with interest) over Duke as bk1 said. I'm trying not to count it too much but it's also hard to ignore the supposed benefit IP gives you as far as finding a job (might change my mind, market might change, blah blah blah), given what I've read on here and talking to students and wondering how much difference the school name can make for me.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby msblaw89 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:27 am

swoozie wrote:
msblaw89 wrote:Chicago>>Penn>>>Duke. Plus, if you don't want NYC biglaw you can always work in Chicago...or really any other metro area. Chicago is a top 5 school...I doubt anyone will turn you down BECAUSE you went to Chicago. That's stupid

I agree completely, I guess I'm just trying to figure out if the increased benefit is worth a 90k difference (that's with interest) over Duke as bk1 said. I'm trying not to count it too much but it's also hard to ignore the supposed benefit IP gives you as far as finding a job (might change my mind, market might change, blah blah blah), given what I've read on here and talking to students and wondering how much difference the school name can make for me.

Chicago and Penn is more negligible, but Chicago is still supreme. And IMO there is no way to rationalize Duke to Chicago...unless you has a SO living in NC and you wanted to be in NC for the rest of your life. I would argue that Chicago would still give you just as many if not more job opportunities in the South as Duke. All three are great schools! But we are not comparing apples to apples here...even with the added cost

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby Nelson » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:27 am

swoozie wrote:
msblaw89 wrote:Chicago>>Penn>>>Duke. Plus, if you don't want NYC biglaw you can always work in Chicago...or really any other metro area. Chicago is a top 5 school...I doubt anyone will turn you down BECAUSE you went to Chicago. That's stupid

I agree completely, I guess I'm just trying to figure out if the increased benefit is worth a 90k difference (that's with interest) over Duke as bk1 said. I'm trying not to count it too much but it's also hard to ignore the supposed benefit IP gives you as far as finding a job (might change my mind, market might change, blah blah blah), given what I've read on here and talking to students and wondering how much difference the school name can make for me.

Read this then take the Duke money unless Penn will make up some more of the difference.

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Re: last minute insight?? Chi v. Penn ($) v. Duke ($$)

Postby Samara » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:28 am

This is tough, but I think I'd take Duke. If you goals were better defined, I could see choosing Chicago, but as open-ended as you are, I think it's smarter to take the minimal debt for only somewhat lower job prospects. Taking the debt at UChi forces you into biglaw, whereas minimal debt at Duke frees you up for other opportunities.




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