Last minute waitlist decision...help!

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Merylian
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Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Merylian » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:26 pm

Hi all. Here's my question:

-The schools you are considering
UC Irvine vs. Duke. Duke is and always has been my top choice school, so I am thrilled to even be forced to make this decision.

-The total Cost of Attendance (COA) of each. COA = cost of tuition + fees + books + cost of living (COL) + accumulated interest - scholarships.
$150,000 scholarship at UCI vs. $67,500 at Duke. Total COA at UCI is ballpark 60k, total at Duke would probably be 120-150k

-How you will be financing your COA, i.e. loans, family, or savings

Loans

-Where you are from and where you want to work, and other places where you have significant ties (if any)
From PA, have lived in NC. I would love to live and work in the south, or in DC. I am also okay with CA though. Really, I'm fairly flexible on location as long as it's not in the middle of the country...sorry Midwest is Best bros.

-Your general career goals
Military law, government work, public interest, anything that pays the bills. In that order.

-Your LSAT/GPA numbers
170/3.5x

-How many times you have taken the LSAT
Twice

Husband and I are currently leaning towards Duke. If you're going to tell me not to go to UCI, please give me solid reasons and not "It's TTT."

What I'm thinking is that Duke would give me a better chance at landing the sort of job I want, and that their LRAP would make the debt workable. Failing that, I've got a better shot from Duke at landing the sort of job that I would need to cover any amount of debt anyway, which is a total gamble at UCI. Am I right in feeling this way, or should I take the money at UCI and run?

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby jselson » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:32 pm

Duke and it's not even close.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Robespierre » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:35 pm

Duke. Vastly more placement power and your debt, while high, will not be out of control. Not even close.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby bananasplit19 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:45 pm

Duke. You want to be in DC/South, and you got decent money from Durham. Anecdotally, I know a couple UCI kids on track for Navy JAG (maybe from their proximity to San Diego?), but I have to believe Duke should have decent pull in Annapolis. Can't speak for the other branches. Congrats on the 11th-hour breakthrough!

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby ArtistOfManliness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:53 pm

Duke.

Please refrain from making any other dumb threads

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby DorianGray89 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:58 pm

Duke.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby TheThriller » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:02 pm

DUKE

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby jbagelboy » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:23 pm

Duke holy shit. This is no question.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby guano » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:53 pm

T14 vs chimera

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Ti Malice » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:42 pm

Duke. This is not a real question.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby JamMasterJ » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:45 pm

jselson wrote:Duke and it's not even close.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby ManoftheHour » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:58 pm

You'd be crazy to choose UCI over Duke at those prices.

Dre. Back me up.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby ArtistOfManliness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:01 pm

ManoftheHour wrote:You'd be crazy to choose UCI over Duke at those prices.

Dre. Back me up.


Seriously... what is Dre waiting for, an engraved invitation?

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Redfactor » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:08 pm

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Hutz_and_Goodman » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:11 pm

I chose a similar school to UCI over Duke with these exact prices last year. It wasn't an easy call. It couldn't have worked out better for me. Graded onto law review, got 1L SA, have offer in hand from 1L SA, many interviews lined up and a guaranteed safety net. It's not an open an shut case. If you end up in bottom half at Duke you can be anywhere from mid law to unemployed to maybe get lucky and land big law. I would personally go UC Irvine probably, but obviously only if you have ties to CA.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Redfactor » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:17 pm

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby ArtistOfManliness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:20 pm

Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I chose a similar school to UCI over Duke with these exact prices last year. It wasn't an easy call. It couldn't have worked out better for me. Graded onto law review, got 1L SA, have offer in hand from 1L SA, many interviews lined up and a guaranteed safety net. It's not an open an shut case. If you end up in bottom half at Duke you can be anywhere from mid law to unemployed to maybe get lucky and land big law. I would personally go UC Irvine probably, but obviously only if you have ties to CA.


You're an idiot. Seriously the dumbest person I have come across on this here internet.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Legen..waitforit » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:23 pm

Duke w/o "?"

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby JamMasterJ » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:01 pm

Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I chose a similar school to UCI over Duke with these exact prices last year. It wasn't an easy call. It couldn't have worked out better for me. Graded onto law review, got 1L SA, have offer in hand from 1L SA, many interviews lined up and a guaranteed safety net. It's not an open an shut case. If you end up in bottom half at Duke you can be anywhere from mid law to unemployed to maybe get lucky and land big law. I would personally go UC Irvine probably, but obviously only if you have ties to CA.

congrats you got lucky. For everyone else, Duke

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby dstars823 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:02 pm

jbagelboy wrote:Duke holy shit. This is no question.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby dstars823 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:04 pm

Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I chose a similar school to UCI over Duke with these exact prices last year. It wasn't an easy call. It couldn't have worked out better for me. Graded onto law review, got 1L SA, have offer in hand from 1L SA, many interviews lined up and a guaranteed safety net. It's not an open an shut case. If you end up in bottom half at Duke you can be anywhere from mid law to unemployed to maybe get lucky and land big law. I would personally go UC Irvine probably, but obviously only if you have ties to CA.


much easier to be median at duke and land solid job than to grade onto law review. Also if you want to stay in the south esp NC, for the few Duke grads that actually stay they pretty much have the pick of the litter here in NC.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby dr123 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:29 pm

Hutz_and_Goodman wrote:I chose a similar school to UCI over Duke with these exact prices last year. It wasn't an easy call. It couldn't have worked out better for me. Graded onto law review, got 1L SA, have offer in hand from 1L SA, many interviews lined up and a guaranteed safety net. It's not an open an shut case. If you end up in bottom half at Duke you can be anywhere from mid law to unemployed to maybe get lucky and land big law. I would personally go UC Irvine probably, but obviously only if you have ties to CA.


Whats a school similar to UCI? Davis or Hastings?

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Doorkeeper » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:49 pm

For the love of god, go to Duke.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby Merylian » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:54 pm

Thanks for the input folks :) I had already come to this conclusion myself, I just needed to hear I wasn't crazy for walking away from a full ride. I will officially be headed to Duke in a few days.

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Re: Last minute waitlist decision...help!

Postby hephaestus » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:57 pm

dstars823 wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:Duke holy shit. This is no question.




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