Wisconsin or Berkeley?

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Berkeley or Wisconsin

Berkeley
28
93%
Wisconsin
2
7%
 
Total votes: 30

UWSP2012
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Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby UWSP2012 » Tue May 08, 2012 4:13 pm

Hi all, down to Berkeley or Wisconsin. Here's the financial breakdown-at Wisconsin I'd pay $38,000 at Berkeley $78,000. I loved Berkeley (the atmosphere, the students, and the town were all fantastic) but I probably won't get any financial assistance (other than loans). I'd eventually like to practice in the Midwest, but I wouldn't mind leaving for school and practicing for a 5-10 years. So, is it worth going to Berkeley and graduating with that much debt? I have no idea what kind of law I want to go into and so I'd like to keep my options open as much as possible.

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minnbills
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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby minnbills » Tue May 08, 2012 4:16 pm

Berkeley, you'll have much better options. Are those debt figures total COA?

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Band A Long
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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby Band A Long » Tue May 08, 2012 4:18 pm

minnbills wrote:Berkeley, you'll have much better options. Are those debt figures total COA?

Doesn't seem like they are expecting financial aid, so that's yearly. edit: i'm a fail
edit edit: vindication!

I gather you're already located in the Midwest?
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UWSP2012
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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby UWSP2012 » Tue May 08, 2012 4:19 pm

minnbills wrote:Berkeley, you'll have much better options. Are those debt figures total COA?


yes, total COA.

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Redamon1
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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby Redamon1 » Tue May 08, 2012 4:22 pm

I think you know the answer. Congrats!

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Doorkeeper
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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby Doorkeeper » Tue May 08, 2012 4:24 pm

UWSP2012 wrote:
minnbills wrote:Berkeley, you'll have much better options. Are those debt figures total COA?


yes, total COA.

Is "total" here per year, or for all three years?

Either way, unless you want to practice in Wisconsin for your whole life, go to Berkeley.

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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby sparty99 » Tue May 08, 2012 4:25 pm

Berkeley, hands down....This isn't even up for discussion.

UWSP2012
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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby UWSP2012 » Tue May 08, 2012 4:31 pm

Doorkeeper wrote:
UWSP2012 wrote:
minnbills wrote:Berkeley, you'll have much better options. Are those debt figures total COA?


yes, total COA.

Is "total" here per year, or for all three years?

Either way, unless you want to practice in Wisconsin for your whole life, go to Berkeley.


"total" is per year.

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Doorkeeper
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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby Doorkeeper » Tue May 08, 2012 4:33 pm

UWSP2012 wrote:
Doorkeeper wrote:
UWSP2012 wrote:
minnbills wrote:Berkeley, you'll have much better options. Are those debt figures total COA?


yes, total COA.

Is "total" here per year, or for all three years?

Either way, unless you want to practice in Wisconsin for your whole life, go to Berkeley.


"total" is per year.

Yea, Berkeley still wins. That debt is scary though.

Like I said, unless you want to practice in Wisconsin for the rest of your life, Berkeley wins.

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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby sparty99 » Tue May 08, 2012 4:46 pm

Wait....I wouldn't go to either.

$240,000 in debt is a MORTGAGE....You would have to work for the government for 10 years or get BigLaw for law school to be worth it.

You need to start negotiating for scholarship. If you were accepted at Cali, then surely, Wisconsin can give you money. How do you not have a full ride some-where?

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Re: Wisconsin or Berkeley?

Postby minnbills » Tue May 08, 2012 4:52 pm

Wisconsin is notoriously stingy with scholarships.




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