rwajo12 wrote:Guys I need some advice in deciding schools.
It's between GW ($) and GULC.
I know some people will automatically pick Georgetown due it's ranking, but I've heard from certain lawyers than outside of the YHS bubble, It's all about the grades you receive first year. I've heard about Georgetown being a cutthroat and cold environment. I loved GW when I visited, as it seemed like a positive environment with plenty of diversity and support. Let me know what you guys think. Any opinion is welcome.
Hmm - for some reason Georgetown gets a crazy amount of flack on this site - and while some of it is substantiated ( large class with +10% unemployment), Georgetown still has AMAZING connections and national placement and top firms coming to EIW.
I dont know where you heard GT is cold and cutthroat - this is like the exact opposite of what most students there will tell you. There are so many students. its kinda of hard to have that mentality at such a large school. For some reason this rumor keeps perpetuating, and I'm not sure why. As for these lawyers who state that anywhere outside YHS, grades matter most - yeah they're right. But i can also tell you that for the NFL draft combine - You're gonna need a great 40 yd dash, 20 yd shuttle, and a great catching demonstration to go first round. That being said - a WR from a P5 conference with these three is wayyy more likely to go 1st round than a G5 WR and so forth.
As for jobs/employment - I wont lie, most students ive talked to told me the Career services isnt helpful unless your high in the class. But is this truly a surprise? there are such a large number of students and while GT has prestige, it wont carry over that deep into the class. Youre gonna have to hustle - linkedin messages, dinner/lunches/coffee, vising professor to discuss career paths, attending numerous events, schoomizing a little if your not top rank - so what? that's life - it's a bit like dating - if youre not the most attractive guy/socially active/most athletic/funny - youve got to hustle. You cant possibly tell me at GW thats it any different.
Last if you can - visit GT. I know its not in session now - but I feel that if you have the chance you have to go visit the school, it would help you a little bit more. People on this site are offering you advice from a stricty numbers/percentages perspective. But there are always hidden factors. For example, me as an AA Male, GT is a wayyy better option for me than NW - the network of other AA lawyers in DC is super deep, and the BLSA at GT does a great job at getting students great employment. I ended up turning NW down, and im still deciding/waiting before the 31st. The point i'm making is that - only you know who you are. Dont make decisions based on general advice.