UT Austin or Boston University?

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grarhthegreat
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UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby grarhthegreat » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:05 pm

So I just got in off the waitlist at BU, and I have no idea what to do. In at UT with in-state tuition and 10k a year, but I want to end up working on the east coast so I feel like maybe BU is the better option? I know they're ranked lower, and to be frank, BU's employment data for 2011 was a little alarming. But I feel like Boston's got to be a better bet than Austin. I'm from Texas, and the whole state's a little bit of an armpit, let's not lie. Thoughts?

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby akili » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:09 pm

If BU offers you money, then it wouldn't be a bad idea.
I wouldn't take it at sticker over UT in-state & scholly though.

I'm from Texas too and you are right about the armpit, but employment prospects are really good coming from UT. I am kind of focused on getting A legal job right now and worrying about where later...

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby Doorkeeper » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:18 pm

Don't go to BU at sticker. See if they offer you some $$. Also, make sure to inform BU about your in-state tuition and 10k from Texas if they don't offer you anything.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby spleenworship » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:35 pm

IMO: BU only with significant money. Otherwise UT.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby StarLightSpectre » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:46 pm

Geez sometimes I wish you could exchange lawschool acceptances and scholarships like currency.

I'm in at BU with 35K a year and waitlisted at TX. I would trade you in a second.


But as far as your predicament. I wouldn't go BU unless they offered some money, and they should.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby grarhthegreat » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:05 pm

Thanks, guys! BU's being a little cagey about scholarships and "can't guarantee an offer before the acceptance deadline" so I'm honestly not sure how the scholarship matching will pan out.

StarLightSpectre wrote:I'm in at BU with 35K a year and waitlisted at TX. I would trade you in a second.

Sure, let's trade! :wink: Why would you choose UT over BU? Job prospects?

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby StarLightSpectre » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:11 pm

grarhthegreat wrote:Sure, let's trade! :wink: Why would you choose UT over BU? Job prospects?


Location. Most of my family is from Texas. I went to UG on the east coast and I know I would enjoy going to law school there too, but eventually I want to end up in Houston/Dallas/Austin.

I know BU could bring me back to TX but everything would be a lot easier with a UT JD.

Oddly enough their placement into NLJ 250 is pretty much the same.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby Elston Gunn » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:14 pm

What's the difference in COA? Like 70K+lower COL? And that's to go to a school with worse employment prospects in an area you presumably don't have ties to. I know TX outside of Austin isn't great, but this is a no brainer. Even if they were the same price, with TX ties, you'd be insane to pick BU.
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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby T00L » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:14 pm

Absolutely UT. If you can wrangle BU down to the same COA, then fine, but I would try to make them pay you even more than that to offset the accrued damage to your eyes three years in that BU building will cause you.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby Slevin Kelevra 2011 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:23 pm

UT without a doubt. These aren't comparable.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby bingbang1025 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:00 pm

Slevin Kelevra 2011 wrote:UT without a doubt. These aren't comparable.


how aren't they comparable? arent job prospects similar?

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby timbs4339 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:29 pm

UT unless BU comes through with a lower COA. Unless you want Boston, biglaw placement on the East Coast is going to be a long shot from either school.
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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby Nova » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:29 pm

bingbang1025 wrote:
Slevin Kelevra 2011 wrote:UT without a doubt. These aren't comparable.


how aren't they comparable? arent job prospects similar?


Not even close.

LST, UT wrote:69.9% of graduates were known to be employed in long-term, full-time legal jobs. This figure includes no school-funded jobs..
80.4% graduates were employed in long-term jobs.
87.2% graduates were employed in full-time jobs.



LST, BU wrote:50.9% of graduates were known to be employed in long-term, full-time legal jobs. This figure includes no school-funded jobs..
60.1% graduates were employed in long-term jobs.
67% graduates were employed in full-time jobs.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:45 pm

Compare the total COA for each law school & the answer should be clear.

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Re: UT Austin or Boston University?

Postby Slevin Kelevra 2011 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:24 am

UT places extremely well in TX.




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