Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

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Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby zuko23 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:29 pm

Title pretty much says it all. Haven't gotten Berkeley's aid package yet but am not expecting much, just want your opinion on if the extra debt is worth the better big law placement. Or at what level of aid does Berkeley become the clear choice.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby TheSpanishMain » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:31 pm

I suppose it depends on how badly you want Big Law. If you're Big Law or bust, then Berkeley. I personally would never take on that debt, but I can't really tell you how much you value Big Law. If you're interested in Big Law but would be okay with some other legal job, then I'd go UCLA for sure.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby sesto elemento » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:37 pm

If you have a full ride at UCLA and are already in at Berkeley then I'm guessing you have numbers that will get you other t-14 acceptances with decent money. Why aren't you considering those other schools? Are you only CA biglaw or bust? FWIW Berkeley is considered one of the more stingier schools.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby zuko23 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:41 pm

TheSpanishMain wrote:I suppose it depends on how badly you want Big Law. If you're Big Law or bust, then Berkeley. I personally would never take on that debt, but I can't really tell you how much you value Big Law. If you're interested in Big Law but would be okay with some other legal job, then I'd go UCLA for sure.


It's big law or bust for me, I am interested in working in tax or finance law.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby zuko23 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:44 pm

sesto elemento wrote:If you have a full ride at UCLA and are already in at Berkeley then I'm guessing you have numbers that will get you other t-14 acceptances with decent money. Why aren't you considering those other schools? Are you only CA biglaw or bust? FWIW Berkeley is considered one of the more stingier schools.


Yeah sadly I know about Cal's reputation, that's why I am not expecting much. I have blanketed the t14 and my numbers are good enough to get me into most but not get great $ and I do want to stay in CA which make these two my best options.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby 03152016 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:48 pm

In order to receive the best feedback in this forum, please provide as much of the following information in your original post as possible:

-The schools you are considering
-The total Cost of Attendance (COA) of each. COA = cost of tuition + fees + books + cost of living (COL) + accumulated interest - scholarships.
-How you will be financing your COA, i.e. loans, family, or savings
-Where you are from and where you want to work, and other places where you have significant ties (if any)
-Your general career goals
-Your LSAT/GPA numbers
-How many times you have taken the LSAT

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby zuko23 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:54 pm

Brut wrote:
In order to receive the best feedback in this forum, please provide as much of the following information in your original post as possible:

-The schools you are considering
-The total Cost of Attendance (COA) of each. COA = cost of tuition + fees + books + cost of living (COL) + accumulated interest - scholarships.
-How you will be financing your COA, i.e. loans, family, or savings
-Where you are from and where you want to work, and other places where you have significant ties (if any)
-Your general career goals
-Your LSAT/GPA numbers
-How many times you have taken the LSAT


Haven't calculated the exact COA, financing through loans, 3.94/ 170, taken it once.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby Rigo » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:57 pm

zuko23 wrote:3.94/ 170

Great numbers.
You may want to try this once peer schools offer you money:
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm#OtherSchools

I voted for UCLA here with the assumption that Berkeley would in fact be sticker price. Hopefully you're pleasantly surprised when Berkeley financial aid comes in. I understand the desire to stay in California, but for debt minimization, it may be worth it to leave the state for law school. You should get some pretty decent offers at lower T14.
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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby 03152016 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:57 pm

dude, you'll have plenty of good offers in the t14
even a crack at stanford

berkeley at sticker would be a poor outcome with your numbers

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby downbeat14 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:15 pm

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby sesto elemento » Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:32 pm

Brut wrote:dude, you'll have plenty of good offers in the t14
even a crack at stanford

berkeley at sticker would be a poor outcome with your numbers


+1

This thread is premature IMO. Wait for more fin aid offers before you really have to start thinking about this.

But yeah, don't attend Berkeley or another T-13 at sticker with those numbers. Also be aware that the scholarship Dirigo linked to is a crapshoot (see last year's Cal c/o thread).

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby twenty 8 » Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:03 pm

A full ride at a top 15 LS, how cool is that! What is the question? Take it from someone who passed up T14 discount prices for a free ride (at a TT) and now doesn’t have to spend a dime of my large firm income on debt.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby Hutz_and_Goodman » Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:59 pm

This really isn't close--UCLA is a much much better choice. Also, as others have said, you have stellar numbers so wherever you go it should be with $$$ if not $$$$.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby Elston Gunn » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:02 pm

Northwestern full ride.

Seriously, wait til you know your options.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby BigZuck » Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:39 pm

Elston Gunn wrote:Northwestern full ride.

Seriously, wait til you know your options.


I agree. Also, retake in the meantime

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby thatsnotmyname » Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:34 am

Dirigo wrote:
zuko23 wrote:3.94/ 170

Great numbers.
You may want to try this once peer schools offer you money:
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm#OtherSchools

I voted for UCLA here with the assumption that Berkeley would in fact be sticker price. Hopefully you're pleasantly surprised when Berkeley financial aid comes in. I understand the desire to stay in California, but for debt minimization, it may be worth it to leave the state for law school. You should get some pretty decent offers at lower T14.


Berkeley subtly trolling UVA by leaving them off of their list of peer schools. :wink:

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby 03152016 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:11 am

thatsnotmyname wrote:
Dirigo wrote:
zuko23 wrote:3.94/ 170

Great numbers.
You may want to try this once peer schools offer you money:
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm#OtherSchools

I voted for UCLA here with the assumption that Berkeley would in fact be sticker price. Hopefully you're pleasantly surprised when Berkeley financial aid comes in. I understand the desire to stay in California, but for debt minimization, it may be worth it to leave the state for law school. You should get some pretty decent offers at lower T14.


Berkeley subtly trolling UVA by leaving them off of their list of peer schools. :wink:

it's bc uva has the highest median grant amount in the t14

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby twenty » Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:31 am

I am interested in working in tax or finance law.


Do yourself a huge favor and investigate this more fully than just assuming that biglaw "does it." Also, keep in mind that with sticker debt at Berkeley, your take-home will be substantially lower than you're thinking it will be just looking at salary data online.

UCLA with a full ride overwhelmingly wins out here, and it probably beats some T14s with lower scholarship amounts. If you haven't applied to the rest of the T14, though, do so. You'll probably get similar offers in there.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:37 am

Berkeley is stingy with scholarships and has the second worst biglaw percentage in the T14 IIRC. So neither

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby sesto elemento » Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:04 am

james.bungles wrote:Berkeley is stingy with scholarships and has the second worst biglaw percentage in the T14 IIRC. So neither


That was true of last year's employment numbers, but they were also marginally better than the worst biglaw employer, Georgetown. Also, Cal is PI heavy so there is some self-selection going on. True, the same can be said about NYU, but I think the difference there is that Berkeley's primary market is CA which is smaller than NY so Boalt grads are competing in a smaller market than NYU peeps. Nevertheless, I think we both agree Berkeley at sticker with a big law or bust mentality is a bad idea.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby NYCFAN1 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:46 am

sesto elemento wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Berkeley is stingy with scholarships and has the second worst biglaw percentage in the T14 IIRC. So neither


That was true of last year's employment numbers, but they were also marginally better than the worst biglaw employer, Georgetown. Also, Cal is PI heavy so there is some self-selection going on. True, the same can be said about NYU, but I think the difference there is that Berkeley's primary market is CA which is smaller than NY so Boalt grads are competing in a smaller market than NYU peeps. Nevertheless, I think we both agree Berkeley at sticker with a big law or bust mentality is a bad idea.


What % of Cal students participate in OCI?

I don't buy Cal being more PI/gov focused than Michigan/Duke/UVA/Georgetown without stats to back it up.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby sesto elemento » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:05 am

NYCFAN1 wrote:
sesto elemento wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Berkeley is stingy with scholarships and has the second worst biglaw percentage in the T14 IIRC. So neither


That was true of last year's employment numbers, but they were also marginally better than the worst biglaw employer, Georgetown. Also, Cal is PI heavy so there is some self-selection going on. True, the same can be said about NYU, but I think the difference there is that Berkeley's primary market is CA which is smaller than NY so Boalt grads are competing in a smaller market than NYU peeps. Nevertheless, I think we both agree Berkeley at sticker with a big law or bust mentality is a bad idea.


What % of Cal students participate in OCI?

I don't buy Cal being more PI/gov focused than Michigan/Duke/UVA/Georgetown without stats to back it up.


In 2012, 85% of 2Ls participated in OCI. See slide 4.

However, you also need to know the number of 2Ls that participated in OCI at other schools to make a meaningful comparison. Another alternative is to look at the percent of students who anticipated to work in PI v. the actual numbers. You can look at ATL anticipated v. actual student career plan charts for that. ex, UVA, NYU, Berkeley

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby banjo » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:24 am

IIRC, CLS participation percent is typically in the 90s, with a success rate of 86% for OCI 2013. That should give you an idea.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby NYCFAN1 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:30 am

sesto elemento wrote:
NYCFAN1 wrote:
sesto elemento wrote:
james.bungles wrote:Berkeley is stingy with scholarships and has the second worst biglaw percentage in the T14 IIRC. So neither


That was true of last year's employment numbers, but they were also marginally better than the worst biglaw employer, Georgetown. Also, Cal is PI heavy so there is some self-selection going on. True, the same can be said about NYU, but I think the difference there is that Berkeley's primary market is CA which is smaller than NY so Boalt grads are competing in a smaller market than NYU peeps. Nevertheless, I think we both agree Berkeley at sticker with a big law or bust mentality is a bad idea.


What % of Cal students participate in OCI?

I don't buy Cal being more PI/gov focused than Michigan/Duke/UVA/Georgetown without stats to back it up.


In 2012, 85% of 2Ls participated in OCI. See slide 4.

However, you also need to know the number of 2Ls that participated in OCI at other schools to make a meaningful comparison. Another alternative is to look at the percent of students who anticipated to work in PI v. the actual numbers. You can look at ATL anticipated v. actual student career plan charts for that. ex, UVA, NYU, Berkeley


I'm at a similar sub-tier school and we have mid 80s participation, too. It doesn't seem like B students are eschewing firm jobs at a rate greater than my school -- I'd be willing to bet all of MVPBDCNG have similar OCI participation rates, too.

That ATL survey doesn't mean much. It could be an indication that students are truly committed to PI when starting, or it could mean that students are naive about what PI law actually entails when they start law school.

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Re: Berkeley (sticker) vs UCLA ( full ride) for Big Law

Postby sesto elemento » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:46 am

NYCFAN1 wrote: I'm at a similar sub-tier school and we have mid 80s participation, too. It doesn't seem like B students are eschewing firm jobs at a rate greater than my school -- I'd be willing to bet all of MVPBDCNG have similar OCI participation rates, too.


Yeah, I wonder what the participation rates are at other schools as well.

NYCFAN1 wrote: That ATL survey doesn't mean much. It could be an indication that students are truly committed to PI when starting, or it could mean that students are naive about what PI law actually entails when they start law school.


True, but look at the firm category for a school like NYU, 88% of entering 1Ls anticipate working in firms (84% at UVA), by contrast, only 76% of Berkeley 1Ls anticipate that outcome. To me that suggests that fewer Berkeley 1Ls anticipate working in biglaw and instead want to do PI or gov. However, I agree that the ATL survey doesn't mean much w/o knowing what percentage of the total 1L class was surveyed and even then there may be some other problems with it.




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