BigZuck wrote:I don't think Berkeley is worth 70K more than UCLA if you want to work in Southern CA after graduation AND you have ties to Southern CA. If both those don't apply to you then I would think hard about choosing UCLA over Berkeley.
Also it's pretty obvious that your boner for California is long and hard so I would just go to Berkeley. YOLO. Just realize you'll probably be in a lot more than 150K debt if you decide to attend.
To me, the smart thing to do, all boners aside, would be to go to UT. You have ties to TX and none to CA and that could really come back to haunt you if you get mediocre grades. If I were you I would just make peace with the fact that I'm going to have to live and work in Dallas and go on vacation in CA with dat no state income tax cash money.
Of course I think the real answer might be a lower T14 (Cornell, Duke, NU) with $$$.
Any idea about what Cornell will offer and when? How about negotiating tips with Duke? NU is out, didn't apply.
lol I do love the west coast. You may not have seen my question up higher: As a born and bred Texan, would I not be able to come back to Texas after graduating UCLA? Thus minimizing my debt and maximizing my return? (and having a fantastic and happy law school experience) Is it ridiculous to go to TX BigLaw or even midlaw from a California school when I have ties (my entire family)?
Obviously I just plain disagree with all of you that have such low opinions of West LA. I don't plan on spending time in the ghettos of LA or even driving too deep into the traffic mess. Theres really no need. If I'm going to leave the area, it'll be to the north. If I really have a sudden desire to head to OC, then sure, traffic will be a bitch but not gonna happen very often. If I want a beach, it's five minutes away. No need to go somewhere else for what I've got right there. I love the area, the people, and everything else that goes with it. I like Austin plenty, but it's more niche. LA has it all if you ask me. But that really is a matter of opinion. So go ahead and keep hatin, but your opinion on the merits of LA is irrelevant to me as are your inflated(IMO) views of Austin. I know Austin and I've already been there done that.