Tuition cost vs. quality of school

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W&M2014
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Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby W&M2014 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:18 pm

Let's discuss quality of school vs. tuition.

What if you were admitted to a tier 1 school with a small scholarship and a tier 3 scholarship with a (almost) full ride? Both schools are in the same location and even the tier 3 is reasonably well regarded in the city. The city is where you ultimately want to practice, so both schools would provide access to clerkships/internships.


What would you do? Would you go to the "better" school and take on some serious debt? Or would you attend the tier 3 school, because graduating law school with minimal debt would be nice?

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Nova
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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby Nova » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:21 pm

too many variables to discuss this so generally

depends on

the specific schools & their placement
cost of attendance at each
career goals
scholarship stipulations

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby californiauser » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:27 pm

Tier 1 and Tier 3 aren't things anymore. It's T-14 > Solid Regional > School in the market you want to practice.

Looking at things through the lens of T1 vs TTT makes absolutely no sense anymore.

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby PepperJack » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:30 pm

You really have to consider whether you want big law, and if yes the odds from the given T1. It will also be easier to get high grades at schools with much lower LSAT medians (think 170 vs 160).

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby TheSpanishMain » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:49 pm

Are we talking about W&M versus Richmond here? (Just a guess based on your username)

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby deebanger » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:23 pm

TheSpanishMain wrote:Are we talking about W&M versus Richmond here? (Just a guess based on your username)

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby Lord Randolph McDuff » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:41 pm

Depends on different variables, but if the T3 is reasonably well respected and you do not want fed clerk/Biglaw, my inclination is to save the money. Just so you know, outside their own alumni groups T1 schools are not prestigious, so if that's what your concerned with dont bother. The flip side is that prestige or not, alumni networks are generally going to be a lot better from a T1 to a T3. I said generally though. Out west where a T3 might be the only game in town, the alumni network is going to be great. But if its in the NE the T3 may have been a safety school or school of last resort for 90% of their students. This doesn't exactly make for proud or helpful alumni.

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby HYSenberg » Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:56 pm

californiauser wrote:Tier 1 and Tier 3 aren't things anymore. It's T-14 > Solid Regional > School in the market you want to practice.

Looking at things through the lens of T1 vs TTT makes absolutely no sense anymore.

This.

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby rad lulz » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:38 pm

Say the schools

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby BigZuck » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:40 pm

rad lulz wrote:Say the schools


This

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby ManoftheHour » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:50 pm

BigZuck wrote:
rad lulz wrote:Say the schools


This

W&M2014
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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby W&M2014 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:58 pm

deebanger wrote:
TheSpanishMain wrote:Are we talking about W&M versus Richmond here? (Just a guess based on your username)



Actually no! But good guess =)

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby rad lulz » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:02 pm

Say the schools. There's no more relevant feedback to give

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ManoftheHour
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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby ManoftheHour » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:07 pm

rad lulz wrote:Say the schools. There's no more relevant feedback to give


Seriously. Lol, wth. It's like saying "What's better for big law, T-14 at sticker or T1 full ride."

There's a big difference between Penn vs. UC HasTTTings and GeorgeTTTown vs Texas.

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Re: Tuition cost vs. quality of school

Postby timbs4339 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:39 pm

It really depends on your goals, even if you don't know them precisely you can get good feedback.




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