WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

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WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby ari20dal7 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:48 pm

Let's assume that WUSTL costs living expenses only. How much would these other schools need to give you to go there instead? I'm honestly not sure - still weighing my options........

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby Splitt3r » Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:03 pm

Are we assuming that you have no preference for where you want to work after graduation? This would have a big effect on which I would choose, given these options.

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby typodragon » Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:08 pm

If you want to be on the west coast, UCLA is hands down the best school there and it would be the best school on the west coast. If you want to be on the east coast or the deep south, you might give some thought to vandy, and UCLA probably would carry significant name value. Comparing the cost of living, and assuming out of state tuition, the difference betweeen ucla and st louis would be immense. If you can get UCLA instate tuition, I'd go there.

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby ari20dal7 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:20 pm

I prefer the Midwest or Texas, but not strongly. I would much rather work in California than in NYC.

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby ari20dal7 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:01 pm

If you want to be on the west coast, UCLA is hands down the best school there and it would be the best school on the west coast. If you want to be on the east coast or the deep south, you might give some thought to vandy, and UCLA probably would carry significant name value. Comparing the cost of living, and assuming out of state tuition, the difference betweeen ucla and st louis would be immense. If you can get UCLA instate tuition, I'd go there.



I'm definitely looking hard at UCLA. Instate after one year and a decent scholarship would be tough to turn down.

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby Dadric » Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:49 pm

Eh, given your (even only slight) preference for the Midwest/Texas, I think WUSTL, especially with all that money, deserves very, very serious consideration. Otherwise, I'd say UCLA for the West Coast and Vandy for the East Coast.

This board = coastal bias :wink:

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby ari20dal7 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:37 pm

Yeah, I tend to agree. I'm also in at Duke and Cornell, but I think the WUSTL v. T14 debate has been beaten to death. Suffice to say that I'll go to WUSTL before I pay sticker at those schools, but I may not have to do that. If not, a lot changes.

Also, Columbia, Chicago, or Boalt would really, really change things......

I just think I'd like the Midwest better - both because it's more like home and because my money will go a bit farther. But, I could certainly get used to LA, and I wouldn't turn down the right job in NYC. But, unlike a lot of people, I'd rather make market in Houston and get a smaller bonus than make market with a bigger bonus in NYC: the COL would even it out and I wouldn't have to live in NYC.

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

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Re: WUSTL full ride vs. Vandy vs. UCLA vs. USC vs. Minnesota?

Postby ari20dal7 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:52 pm

Well, here are a couple threads to start:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23324

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prel ... 649.0.html

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prel ... msg2550168

I think WUSTL full ride is better than lower T14 with nothing. That said, I'm not sure this situation will come up for a whole lot of people. I probably could not go to WUSTL over T6 regardless of money.

The whole key to the WUSTL v. T14 debate is what kind of security you want. WUSTL's offer gives you the no debt security: even if your career doesn't go as planned, you should be pretty set: their grads aren't starving, and midlaw money goes very well with little/no debt. Obviously, if you get NYC market coming out of the WUSTL ride, you're in a hell of a position.

T14 gives you the "bottom of the class still eats" security - although this is overrated at the lower end of the T14. It also provides a bit more recognizable name when you go outside of law.

I'm taking the money if I have to pay sticker in the lower T14, but I expect middling offers from them, and that will confuse the situation further. Obviously, there's also the question of what Vandy/UCLA/USC decide to do with me.....




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