UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

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damonlin
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UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby damonlin » Mon May 01, 2017 12:24 am

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UIUC $33,000/year
W&M $39,000/year

international student here.LSAT 164(third time), uGPA above average. don't have the "big law or bust" mindset.I have a Bachelor of Science degree from a top university in my home country and plan to do something patent-related. Although my parents will pay all the cost during law school, I want their money well spent. WM's campus is really charming and it's a prestigious school. But UIUC seems to be stronger in patent law?
I already paid deposit at both schools and got the scholarship from WM increased twice from 8,000/year to 20,000/year, UIUC once from 22,500/year to 34,000/year.
And I am gay. So studying abroad for 3 years is more like an escape for me, not merely an investment. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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KMart
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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby KMart » Mon May 01, 2017 1:09 am

where do you want to work? this will drive the decision.

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby Pomeranian » Mon May 01, 2017 1:42 am

^ These schools feed into different markets. Chances at big law are better (but still not amazing) at UIUC. You mentioned "prestige," I'm assuming you are from Asia, doesn't UIUC have a better international rep than W&M? Not that this last issue matters.

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby damonlin » Mon May 01, 2017 1:52 am

KMart wrote:where do you want to work? this will drive the decision.

Actually I don't have any preference. Both Chicago and DC would be fine. If I have to work in my home country, UIUC is way more famous here. But then things will get ridiculously complex due to the fact I am gay and my parents are not so open minded.

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby damonlin » Mon May 01, 2017 1:55 am

Pomeranian wrote:^ These schools feed into different markets. Chances at big law are better (but still not amazing) at UIUC. You mentioned "prestige," I'm assuming you are from Asia, doesn't UIUC have a better international rep than W&M? Not that this last issue matters.

Yes, I am from Asia. But the thing is I don't really wanna work in Asia.

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby cavalier1138 » Mon May 01, 2017 5:49 am

damonlin wrote:
Pomeranian wrote:^ These schools feed into different markets. Chances at big law are better (but still not amazing) at UIUC. You mentioned "prestige," I'm assuming you are from Asia, doesn't UIUC have a better international rep than W&M? Not that this last issue matters.

Yes, I am from Asia. But the thing is I don't really wanna work in Asia.


Then I'm assuming you need your H1B visa.

As far as I know, that's only really possible from biglaw, and neither of these schools get you there.

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby trebekismyhero » Mon May 01, 2017 10:04 am

If you really need to go this year to escape, I'd go with UIUC. It has a huge population from Asia and experience with helping students get H1B visas not even from big law and if you can't get an H1B at least the Illinois degree should be marketable in Asia.

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby snowball2 » Mon May 01, 2017 10:18 am

And feel free to bring your luxury car:

http://dailyillini.com/features/2015/11 ... urn-heads/

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby Rigo » Mon May 01, 2017 10:20 am

I'm sympathetic to feeling trapped in a conservative household, but law school should not be viewed as an escape. You're going to need Biglaw to stay here permanently most likely, as cav said.

That being said, of the two I'd go UIUC. It's less expensive, and what gay person wants to be in rural Virginia for three years?

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby damonlin » Tue May 02, 2017 6:59 am

snowball2 wrote:And feel free to bring your luxury car:

http://dailyillini.com/features/2015/11 ... urn-heads/

That's a stereotype. I don't even have a driver license :D

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Re: UIUC($$$) vs WM($$)

Postby damonlin » Tue May 02, 2017 7:08 am

Thank you, guys :) I have been long aware of the harsh reality.
And I will probably go to UIUC this fall.




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