Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

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Mordecai, Harvard, or Yale

Mordecai at Duke
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43%
Harvard
11
11%
Yale (if I get in)
47
46%
 
Total votes: 102

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Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby UNC22 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:15 pm

I am trying to decide between taking the Mordecai (full tuition) scholarship at Duke or going to Harvard (possibly Yale if they accept me). I am leaning towards Duke for a number of reasons. I want to stay in the NC/VA area ideally. I do not really think I want to do Big Law. Also, my friends, girlfriend, and family are all pretty much located in NC. If I stay in NC the money I saved from having an academic scholarship in undergrad plus the Mordecai would allow me the flexibility to possibly purchase a condo instead of renting. Harvard would be a big change for me, but one of my end goals is to be a legal academic. I know Yale and Harvard afford much more opportunity in that realm. For those interested I got a 173 on my LSAT and a 3.967 GPA. Thoughts?

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby Tom Joad » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:20 pm

If I were you I would really think hard about whether becoming a law prof is really what you want to do. Because if you want to do private practice Dook with no debt is great.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby curious66 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:22 pm

UNC22 wrote:I am trying to decide between taking the Mordecai (full tuition) scholarship at Duke or going to Harvard (possibly Yale if they accept me). I am leaning towards Duke for a number of reasons. I want to stay in the NC/VA area ideally. I do not really think I want to do Big Law. Also, my friends, girlfriend, and family are all pretty much located in NC. If I stay in NC the money I saved from having an academic scholarship in undergrad plus the Mordecai would allow me the flexibility to possibly purchase a condo instead of renting. Harvard would be a big change for me, but one of my end goals is to be a legal academic. I know Yale and Harvard afford much more opportunity in that realm. For those interested I got a 173 on my LSAT and a 3.967 GPA. Thoughts?


DUKE.. but I am very debt adverse. Also you have alot of ties in NC as is, which will make for a great quality of life overall.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby Doorkeeper » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:43 pm

If you want to be a legal academic, you have to be ready and willing to move across the country at any given time. Wanting to stay in VA/NC is basically irrelevant because those two states have maybe 10 law schools.

Also, don't be a legal academic if it's "one of your end goals" (meaning you have multiple potential end goals that you would be happy with). The legal academia market is very difficult. It's not something you enter into lightly. You enter legal academia if it's your passion in life.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby Hutz_and_Goodman » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:46 pm

I'm not sure what I would pick between Yale and the Mordecai, but Harvard is a clear third.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby rickgrimes69 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:36 pm

Duke student. I would take the Mordecai any day of the week because 1) You don't want biglaw and 2) You have substantial ties to NC, which will be helpful.

Go to Yale only if you are 100% set on Academia. Harvard isn't a contender here.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby UNC22 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:40 pm

Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I'm not sure what I would pick between Yale and the Mordecai, but Harvard is a clear third.


Why a clear third? I am also interested in what people think about the collegial atmosphere of Duke v. Harvard or Yale. Is competition more fierce as the rankings go up?

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby quiver » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:00 am

How much need-based aid are you looking at from Harvard (or Yale if you get in)? I could see choosing H over Duke if the price difference isn't that great.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby UNC22 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:37 am

Still waiting to hear back from Harvard on financial aid.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby IAFG » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:08 am

What do you actually want to do? My kneejerk reaction: if you don't want biglaw, you should not go to Duke (and probably not law school at all). PI is harder to get than biglaw and academia is right up there with SCOTUS clerk in terms of not being something to bet on. Law school opens very few doors.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby rad lulz » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:40 am

You say you don't want to work a big law firm, but that's basically one of the best jobs you can reasonably get as a new grad (chances at PI and academia are absolutely minuscule). Yeah you work hard at a large firm, but you get training and a good credential for down the road.

I'd reevaluate your career goals and what you want to do with a law degree.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby UtilityMonster » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:56 am

You shouldn't have put Yale in the poll. Anyone who would have checked Harvard over Duke checked Yale instead, skewing the results and confusing the issue.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby 20141023 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:04 am

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby nebula666 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:04 am

Yale > Duke > Harvard

You should be a part of that whole Yale thing.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby IAFG » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:04 am

rad lulz wrote:You say you don't want to work a big law firm, but that's basically one of the best jobs you can reasonably get as a new grad (chances at PI and academia are absolutely minuscule). Yeah you work hard at a large firm, but you get training and a good credential for down the road.

I'd reevaluate your career goals and what you want to do with a law degree.

The voices of experience.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby piccolittle » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:08 am

UNC22 wrote:
Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I'm not sure what I would pick between Yale and the Mordecai, but Harvard is a clear third.


Why a clear third? I am also interested in what people think about the collegial atmosphere of Duke v. Harvard or Yale. Is competition more fierce as the rankings go up?

I would pick Harvard, but that's because I'm more unemployment-averse than debt-averse. The "fierceness" of competition actually goes down as ranking goes up, IME.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby rad lulz » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:04 am

IAFG wrote:
rad lulz wrote:You say you don't want to work a big law firm, but that's basically one of the best jobs you can reasonably get as a new grad (chances at PI and academia are absolutely minuscule). Yeah you work hard at a large firm, but you get training and a good credential for down the road.

I'd reevaluate your career goals and what you want to do with a law degree.

The voices of experience.

It is painfully easy to pick out the 0Ls

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby Elston Gunn » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:17 am

If you genuinely don't want BigLaw, you should probably go to Harvard. PI jobs are harder to get than BigLaw jobs. That said, you don't really sound like someone who wants to save the world either...I'm really thinking you shouldn't go to law school until you have some clearer goals.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby NinerFan » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:58 am

I picked Yale, but if you're not set on academia, Duke is not a bad choice here. If you don't know what you want to do but you're set on going to law school, having no debt or little debt is a great thing.


Edit: Campos actually just posted about the VAP market/academia, linking to a post on The Faculty Lounge with an interesting series of comments.

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/02 ... -trap.html

That's gotta suck. Top of the class, CoA clerkship, clerkship bonus, VAP, then uncertain employment.

So yeah, wouldn't count on academia, even if you go to Yale.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby timbs4339 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:37 pm

Check out this thread: these guys did everything right (elite law school/top clerkship/prestigious firm), but there are just no law professor jobs for them. It's a dead industry. Take the money.

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/02 ... /#comments

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby name of user » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:55 pm

Mordecai all the way.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby dabbadon8 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:58 pm

nebula666 wrote:Yale > Duke > Harvard

You should be a part of that whole Yale thing.


Patrick, are saying they should be a closeted homosexual and do a lot of cocaine?

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby Hutz_and_Goodman » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:09 pm

I say Mordecai, but keep in mind you can easily end up bottom 10% at Duke.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby quiver » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:32 pm

Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I say Mordecai, but keep in mind you can easily end up bottom 10% at Duke.
Don't start this again.

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Re: Harvard v. Mordecai at Duke (possibly Yale)

Postby UNC22 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:51 pm

Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I say Mordecai, but keep in mind you can easily end up bottom 10% at Duke.
Was the point of this comment just to let me know if I do not study and do well on exams I can end up not doing well, or is there some insider information I need to know? Also, how many of you are students at Duke, Yale, or Harvard. I would be interested on some insider perspectives.




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