mhernton wrote:I wish I had your problems....Howard is a targets school for firms with Diversity initiatives, good shot at DC, NY and the mid atlantic region. Vandy is one of the best schools in the south, if not the best in the SEC academically. The is a higer comraderie amongst the AA at Vandy than Howard. Coin Flip....Tails.... VAndy
Ask admissions to put you in touch with any BLSA reps who had to make the decision between Vandy and Howard and see what they have to say. My gut tells me that the employment prospects are too disparate to warrant taking Howard absent strong personal considerations, but it would be a good idea to seek advice from someone who was in the same boat. My choices came down to Vandy vs Fordham vs BC all at sticker and I went with Vandy based on reputation, strength in regulatory/environmental law, and feelings of fit. Plus, Nashville's a fun town to live in for a few years. G'luck.
Nom Sawyer wrote:voice of reason wrote:In 2005, Howard placed about 16% of the class in NLJ250 firms, compared to 42% at Vandy. Vanderbilt is a far better school than Howard with better job placement. Go to Vanderbilt.
+1.. you're even getting more money at Vandy than Howard... go to Vandy, collect $20k, get Biglaw (if that's what you want) if you are in top 60% of your class.
Right now it doesn't look like top 60% of the class are getting biglaw. Might end up 50% for Class of 2011 when all is said and done, though we will definitely not see the 47% in NLJ250 again for quite some time. Some schools have responded to the market retraction in more innovative ways than others. If you're seriously considering Howard, see if you can reach out to any 3Ls who landed jobs through the alumni network. Alumni strength is one of the things that is really carrying some schools through right now as biglaw shrinks/disappears/revamps into a lower-salaried, apprenticeship model.