Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL (Update)

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Choose:

Duke - 120k to 140k
10
53%
Michigan - 130k to 148k
5
26%
NU - 133k to 150k
3
16%
WUSTL - 0
1
5%
 
Total votes: 19

secadc11
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Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL (Update)

Postby secadc11 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:23 pm

Please do not quote.

I decided on Duke after an increased offer and am removing most of the original information below; thanks all for your help.

-The schools you are considering & total COA

Duke - 120k to 140k Now about ~110 k, will be attending
Michigan - 130k to 148k
Northwestern - 133k to 150k
WUSTL - 0

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

Loans, but COA will be covered.

-Your LSAT/GPA numbers 

17x, 3.3-3.5 (maxed out on LSAT takes)

Please do not quote.
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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby starry eyed » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:29 pm

go to duke...

i don't think there's any question here- this is about as much of a slam dunk as it gets but i wonder what others think

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby NoLieAbility » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:35 pm

See you in Durham this fall.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:48 pm

Why is Duke a slam dunk here? Did OP edit something out of the OP?

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby secadc11 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:48 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:Why is Duke a slam dunk here? Did OP edit something out of the OP?


Nope.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:52 pm

Nothing wrong with Duke and I understand the appeal but I'd go with Northwestern. Equally good placement overall but better placement into the markets where you ultimately want to be.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby Serett » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:52 pm

It's not a slam dunk, especially if you want to end up in the Midwest.

That said, I faced a similar decision as you coming from the same region as you and chose Duke. Cheaper, better weather, and preferring it after visiting are enough to tip the scale between three schools that are otherwise comparable. If I were you--and I basically was--I'd choose Duke.

Still, you're weighing those three factors against having at least marginally better access to, and at least a marginally better argument for wanting to stay in, the Midwest. Ultimately, you have to make that call for yourself. I'd start by eliminating one of Northwestern or Michigan, either due to figuring out which is really cheapest or which you liked better or which has a better LRAP safety net or which places best in your preferred market or which has fewer outright bad outcomes (solo practice, unemployed - seeking, part-time positions, non-professional positions), because they're offering you a redundant benefit, then compare the winning school directly to Duke by weighing at least marginal but largely unquantifiable regional benefits against cost, weather, and personal preference. Duke won that weighing for me, in part because I'm keeping the Midwest in mind but am not dead-set on returning, such that I could err on the side of that marginal benefit being minimal where someone strongly desiring the Midwest may have opted to err on the side of that benefit being less marginal.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby starry eyed » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:58 pm

i glanced over that he said wanted to end up in the midwest but he seems dead set on wanting to go somewhere warm, and duke is cheaper and has better #'s .

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby WeeBey » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:27 pm

Forget about Duke being 8 and Northwestern being 12, they're peer schools in the truest sense. I'd eliminate Mich because of those shitty employment scores recently.

Especially since the COA is similar, I'd take NU personally because I'd rather be in a major city.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby secadc11 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:39 pm

So WUSTL is a definite no-go?

In terms of personal preference, I think I'll likely go Duke but still have some hesitations around passing up the prospect of zero debt.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:40 pm

For some reason I didn't even notice WUSTL. It's totally defensible in this case. You just have to be willing to grind out the hard road during law school.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby Serett » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:53 pm

secadc11 wrote:So WUSTL is a definite no-go?

In terms of personal preference, I think I'll likely go Duke but still have some hesitations around passing up the prospect of zero debt.


I think it's defensible; it's just a hard comparison to make. My personal, somewhat arbitrary formula was that if I got at least $20k/yr. at a T14, I'd take it over a full-ride at a regional school. Some people put that lower, some higher. You could approximate a better number with math, but we all hate math, so a somewhat arbitrary approximation sounds easier.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby secadc11 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:40 pm

So Duke upped my offer slightly and sealed the deal for me. Off to Durham in the fall; thanks for everyone's feedback.

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Re: Duke vs. Mich vs. NU vs. WUSTL

Postby Winston1984 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:38 pm

secadc11 wrote:So Duke upped my offer slightly and sealed the deal for me. Off to Durham in the fall; thanks for everyone's feedback.

Congrats!




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