homie1515 wrote:I was thinking that if my score does not improve I would ED to Penn for their round 1 while submitting RD apps to the rest of the t14, then switching my RD to ED for UVA if Penn falls through.
However, I really like the idea of getting to know if I'm in within 15 days, and from the looks of it online, UVA places more in the firms I'm interested in than Penn does. Also, UVA places in DC more than Penn does and DC is a close second place location for me.
^ Should that matter to me?
I never really had the college life atmosphere, so the lifestyle of UVA is tempting to me, however Penn's big law stats are very appealing. Yet UVA's 50% big law is comforting as long as I'm above median I should have a shot at Miami big law, while getting about the top 1/3 leaves me pretty comfortable in any location I would want to work in.
I wouldn't mind taking on the debt, so either one at sticker is OK with me.
What it comes down to is where would i rather be? I don't know. I like the water/the beach/ the warm sun, and i like the fact that UVA has attractive students (from what i hear) and they all party a lot and dont take school to seriously (on the outside that is). IDK much about Penn except that it is a wealthy northeastern school, that is surrounded by a bunch of other schools -- and that ivy prestige.
Any insight into these dilemas would be great.
UVA places very slightly better than Penn in DC. It depends on the firm. Some firms have a lower class rank cutoff for UVA than for Penn. Others rate them pretty much exactly equally.
Penn places significantly better in NYC and in Philly. The two schools place pretty much comparably everywhere else.
I would say pick Penn unless you are absolutely sure that you're shooting for DC. Worth noting that DC is pretty difficult to get from either place--you'll need to be top third. Don't put any stock in the "laid back party" thing at UVA--law school is law school, and people will drink hard and study hard wherever you go.
I'd say ED to Penn come September 1, and if you whiff ED to UVA, assuming your score doesn't improve and assuming you're okay with paying sticker at either one. But, as untar said, you have to make peace with the fact that you may very well end up in NYC from either school.