Mojosodope wrote: bizzybone1313 wrote: AAJD2B wrote:
bizzybone1313 wrote:My undergrad sponosered a trip to top business and law schools that I went on. We visited the below skools in the span of about a week. We flew, drove and went by train to all of these skools.
For your pleasure, here are my impressions of the schools that I visited:
Northwestern: Vibrant, liberal and lively. It seems like a great place to get a JD.
Chicago: Isolated, cold, very academic and conservative. I didn't like this place. My gut gave me a very bad feeling when I was on this campus. I would probably have to get a building named after me to attend this skool.
Columbia: Elitist, city on the hill and kinda distant. I think a person would either love this place or not like it all. There doesn't seem too much of a middle ground. I liked it.
NYU: Hippy (stereotype but I found it to be kinda true), nice location, warm. Not for me but I am sure a lot of students would love this place.
Hahvard: Elitist, vibrant, story and village like, unbelievable campus.
Penn: This skool is my most interesting visit. Penn didn't make much of a impression on me. For some weird reason, I have hard time remembering anything about Penn. I remember Philly being lame. I wasn't impressed. But the school itself didn't make much of an impression on me. I guess the best way to put it is that Penn is a middle of the road option. I wouldn't hate it nor would I have a smile on my face all day everyday for attending there.
Since this is top-law-schools.com and not top-business-schools.com, I am not going to review the business skools at these places.
So what's your top choice?
Also, have you visited Penn since it's new Golkin Hall addition? If you haven't, please do. I was thoroughly enamored.
I have only visited Penn once. I would probably go visit again if I were strongly considering the skool.
Besides YHS which almost everyone would ultimately attend if admitted, my top choice has always been Columbia. I have always been very fond of the skool. I probably wouldn't attend NYU under most circumstances because I think the school is overrated and NYC COL isn't something I would want to pay for NYU. I would pay NYC COL in a heartbeat for Columbia though.
Outside of YHS, my top choices are Columbia, Penn and Duke. I have never been real fond of either Penn and Duke, but they are much better than a lot of the other T-14 skools for a number of reasons. I think Penn or Duke could easily get me back to the South, which is where I want to be no matter what.
I have always been real fond of Berkeley and Michigan too, but I probably wouldn't attend either for two reasons: Berkeley is overpriced and stingy with $$$ and Michigan's employment stats have been very bad in recent years. Michigan appears to be a sinking ship. I like Cornell, but it seems their placement is almost exclusively in the upper Northeast, which I don't like. I don't want to be in NYC for the next 30 years. I don't like Virginia because it is known to be the most conservative T-14 skool. I wouldn't attend Virginia under any circumstances. I like Northwestern a lot too, but I don't know if they could get me back to the South. And of course, there is Georgetown. Georgetown is the worst of the T-14 in terms of placement and is also very stingy with $$$. I probably wouldn't attend GT under most circumstances.
Are you not applying to any regional schools like Vandy that could place you in the south?
Outside of the T-14, I am only going to apply to UT Austin and maybe UCLA. I have never considered applying to Vandy. I am only going to apply to UCLA because I have always been very fond of the school. But it would make very little sense to attend UCLA when UT Austin has far better placing power than UCLA in the South. Even with UT Austin, I am not so sure it is a wise investment. I only will attend LS if I get into an elite school. No amount of money would sway me at lesser schools. The risk, investment and work required is not worth it at schools outside of the Top 18 or so.
These racists at my previous job where trying to convince me to attend the "local" schools. At my previous job, when a person is hired, their resume gets e-mailed to everyone in that division. My resume has my latin honors and high GPA listed on it.
When I was resigning my job, these idiots were trying to sway me to attend the local TTTT skools. They all three deal with major law firms on a frequent basis. Two are actually law graduates themselves. One attended UT Austin and the other attended Emory. They both attended Ivy undergrads. They are accutely aware how life ruining it is to attend a shitty law school. I didn't tell them off, but I kinda regret not doing so. I don't need anyone giving me career/life advice.
At my first job out of college, when I was resigning, I was explaining to these two clowns sitting in front of me what I was planning on doing with my career. This was a bad idea. I should have simply walked out on this job. This place has a very toxic environment. Anyways, I stated what company I was going to and what I eventually planned to do. As soon as I stated that I intended to attend law school in the near future, one of these guys (a White male) practically jumps out of his chair and says, "Ahh, law school!!! What is your LSAT score?"
During undergrad, I went to the professional school advising office. When a person walks in, they have to list their GPA and LSAT score on this sheet of paper prior to getting advised by a counselor. As soon as I walk in, the adviser (a White woman) proceeds to ask me, "What schools are you thinking of applying to?" I proceeded to say Berkeley. I was very fond of Berkeley at the time. She then says, "Affirmative action is nice, huh?" I didn't respond because I was speechless.
The lesson of these stories is to keep your LS ambitions to yourself and do not tell people about your plans. If you are a minority, a lot of people still want you to stay "in your place".