Rutgers or Seton Hall?

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dedward
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Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby dedward » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:15 pm

Hello TLSers,

With both Rutgers and SHU being in-state tuition, which do you think is a better option for someone interested in primarily NJ/possibly NYC market?

I'm interested in pursuing a state/local clerkship after graduation, and then working in a law firm afterwards. I have interned with a fed. judge and definitely want to clerk locally after graduation. I've also worked in a small firm, and can see myself practicing in employment, discrimination, or family law afterwards.

Will Rutgers and SHU produce the same outcomes? Any advice is appreciated!

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jingosaur
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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby jingosaur » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:42 pm

Are you financing with loans? NJ law school grads often go a long time in low paying gigs/doc review.

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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby cavalier1138 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:42 pm

LSAT/GPA? Total COA at each school? How are you financing your costs?

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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby dedward » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:44 pm

Half loans and my parents are paying for other half. I will also be commuting.

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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby cavalier1138 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:31 am

dedward wrote:Half loans and my parents are paying for other half. I will also be commuting.


Ok, so what's your actual COA? People are looking for a firm number of some kind, because too much debt from these schools could be crippling.

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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby dedward » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:38 am

Around 37k of debt. I really want to practice in north NJ though, possibly NYC.

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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby cavalier1138 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:30 am

dedward wrote:Around 37k of debt. I really want to practice in north NJ though, possibly NYC.


Then it sounds like you'll be better off at Seton Hall. They have better employment stats in general. Just don't count on being able to work in NYC, and definitely don't count on a job at a larger firm or a federal clerkship.

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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby rwhyAn » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:53 pm

One thing to consider with Rutgers is that you can bid on both OCIs and you may take classes on both campuses. It's not always feasible, but I know several students who have taken classes on both campuses. The outcomes are going to be pretty much the same for RU and SH. Since the price is the same, choose whichever one you like more.

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Re: Rutgers or Seton Hall?

Postby dedward » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:45 pm

Yeah I think I'm going with Seton Hall due to better employment numbers, higher rankings, and its smaller class size.




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