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Vandy or BU?

Postby vb795 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:31 am

I've pretty much narrowed down my choices to either BU or Vanderbilt and I'm having trouble deciding. I am originally from Boston and my family lives there, but I went to college OOS. I'm about 70% sure that I want to end up in Boston long-term, but I'm also thinking about Chicago or DC. Scholarships make COA pretty much equal for both schools. My concern is mostly placement after college. Will I be able to get back to Boston if I go to Vandy? Will I be able to have options other than just Boston if I go to BU?

I'm not 100% sure yet exactly what kind of law I want to go into but I'm not very interested in BigLaw

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Re: Vandy or BU?

Postby 20170322 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:32 am

vb795 wrote:I've pretty much narrowed down my choices to either BU or Vanderbilt and I'm having trouble deciding. I am originally from Boston and my family lives there, but I went to college OOS. I'm about 70% sure that I want to end up in Boston long-term, but I'm also thinking about Chicago or DC. Scholarships make COA pretty much equal for both schools. My concern is mostly placement after college. Will I be able to get back to Boston if I go to Vandy? Will I be able to have options other than just Boston if I go to BU?

I'm not 100% sure yet exactly what kind of law I want to go into but I'm not very interested in BigLaw


Not a question-- BU. Both are poor options for Chicago or DC.

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Re: Vandy or BU?

Postby favabeansoup » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:37 am

Why not BC?


Copied from other posts I've made:

Why I think BC wins vs. BU:

http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/bc1/schoo ... _bclaw.pdf
https://www.bu.edu/law/files/2016/05/Em ... 5.9.16.pdf

BC has a better full time/bar passage required rate. 77.32% vs 75.48% (admittedly small difference)
BC has a better biglaw/fed clerk rate: 41.29% vs. 34.61%
BC placed more graduates in Massachusetts both in number and as a percentage of the class: 127 in MA/247 total, 51.4% vs. 105 in MA/208 total, 50.4%
BU had more law school funded positions (i.e. means school paid for their jobs, less is better): 5 at BC vs. 17 at BU

COA at both is roughly equal at $70,378 for BC and $70,112 at BU.

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Re: Vandy or BU?

Postby alpha kenny body » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:29 pm

withdraw from V and go to BU

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Re: Vandy or BU?

Postby Stylnator » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:32 pm

BU. I understand you're from MA so you may have the desire to go explore a new area but I personally don't think law school is the right forum to do that. Regional restrictions for employment just make it too risky. I'm sure BU has externships or something you can do that can help you explore the other areas you're interested in.

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Re: Vandy or BU?

Postby Rigo » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:47 pm

What's the money like?

BU though since you want Boston.

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Re: Vandy or BU?

Postby Rigo » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:49 pm

favabeansoup wrote:Why not BC?

OP should definitely consider BC if on the table, but BC is usually way less generous with money than BU unfortunately (unless they've gotten better recently).

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Re: Vandy or BU?

Postby favabeansoup » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:15 pm

Rigo wrote:
favabeansoup wrote:Why not BC?

OP should definitely consider BC if on the table, but BC is usually way less generous with money than BU unfortunately (unless they've gotten better recently).


Yeah I mean that might make a difference then. I applied years ago but remember BC gave me an initial shit offer, but I was able to bring them up with better packages from comparably ranked schools. Your right though this can depend on what his scholarships are like.



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