Best Law School Culture in the T14

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What Law School best balances academic rigor with a relaxed, collegiate culture?

Yale
4
4%
Harvard
3
3%
Stanford
15
14%
Columbia
0
No votes
Chicago
2
2%
NYU
15
14%
Berkeley
16
15%
Penn
6
6%
Michigan
16
15%
UVA
29
27%
 
Total votes: 106

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Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby abitaman6363 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:31 pm

Of the following top law schools, which do you think promote the most balanced atmosphere. I often hear of the rigorous nature of HLS and Chicago and the relatively laid-back nature of UVA. I wonder about the rest of the T10.

You can cast three votes.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby bk1 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:34 pm

Whatever the answer is, I wouldn't let it affect my decision on where to go.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby abitaman6363 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:56 pm

bk1 wrote:Whatever the answer is, I wouldn't let it affect my decision on where to go.


Personal preference, but I certainly would let it affect me a bit. Then again, this goes to which schools fit you best. In a previous cycle I was faced with Columbia v. NYU. The mentality of the student bodies and subsequent quality of life played a large role in my decision.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby 2014 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:01 pm

I know that lawyers aren't good with numbers, but to figure out the best culture in the t14, you probably should list 14 schools...

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby bk1 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:01 pm

2014 wrote:I know that lawyers aren't good with numbers, but to figure out the best culture in the t14, you probably should list 14 schools...


And apparently some would-be lawyers aren't good with forums...

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby prezidentv8 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:08 pm

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby abitaman6363 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:19 pm

bk1 wrote:
2014 wrote:I know that lawyers aren't good with numbers, but to figure out the best culture in the t14, you probably should list 14 schools...


And apparently some would-be lawyers aren't good with forums...


True true. Sorry about that. I started the thread with T14 in mind but realized surveys on TLS only let you list ten survey items. Apologies.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby bk1 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:20 pm

abitaman6363 wrote:True true. Sorry about that. I started the thread with T14 in mind but realized surveys on TLS only let you list ten survey items. Apologies.

I was jabbing at 2014 for not realizing the 10 limit on polls.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby IAFG » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:29 pm

I can't imagine there is that much of a difference. Everyone says their school is really collegial and they're all comparably rigorous.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby beachbum » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:35 pm

I feel like this topic has been debated a thousand times over. And I feel like the best course of action for anyone seriously looking into this would be to research each school individually.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby spondee » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:42 pm

IAFG wrote:I can't imagine there is that much of a difference. Everyone says their school is really collegial and they're all comparably rigorous.


They all say this. But then the HLS and CLS threads during OCI went shitshow, while the other schools remained friendly...

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby IAFG » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:49 pm

spondee wrote:
IAFG wrote:I can't imagine there is that much of a difference. Everyone says their school is really collegial and they're all comparably rigorous.


They all say this. But then the HLS and CLS threads during OCI went shitshow, while the other schools remained friendly...

The thing is, law students are assholes, douchebags or both. No school has come up with a way to attract the less-awful candidates. The CLS/HLS probably has more to do with people who honestly believed they were guaranteed biglaw being suddenly and rudely confronted with the fact they aren't, than specific school culture.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby 09042014 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:52 pm

I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby KMaine » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:06 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


There are FEWER strivers, but we are more careful about the rules of English.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby IAFG » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:17 pm

KMaine wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


There are FEWER strivers, but we are more careful about the rules of English.

Correcting DF's English? Oh honey, don't start what you don't have the endurance to finish.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby 09042014 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:31 pm

KMaine wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


There are FEWER strivers, but we are more careful about the rules of English.


This is what I'm talking about. Insufferable.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby AreJay711 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:58 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


Maybe, idk. If I go bottom t14 I'm gonna be ruthless. Tight competition usually brings that out in people.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby bk1 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:59 pm

KMaine wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


There are FEWER strivers, but we are more careful about the rules of English.

I think you mean carefuller.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby KMaine » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:00 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
KMaine wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


There are FEWER strivers, but we are more careful about the rules of English.


This is what I'm talking about. Insufferable.


Just trying to be funny in an old English teacher sort of way. I would point out that your second point seems to support an idea somewhat contrary to your first, but I wouldn't want to be insufferable.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby 09042014 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:01 pm

AreJay711 wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


Maybe, idk. If I go bottom t14 I'm gonna be ruthless. Tight competition usually brings that out in people.


Yea but anyone stupid enough to go to bottom t14 ITE clearly doesn't realize what is happening.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby 09042014 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:02 pm

KMaine wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
KMaine wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I gotta imagine there are less strivers at the bottom t14.


There are FEWER strivers, but we are more careful about the rules of English.


This is what I'm talking about. Insufferable.


Just trying to be funny in an old English teacher sort of way. I would point out that your second point seems to support an idea somewhat contrary to your first, but I wouldn't want to be insufferable.


I'm really joking. I take English corrections in stride, because I'm embarrassed by them and should learn to stop doing it.

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Re: Best Law School Culture in the T14

Postby KMaine » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:03 pm

Good :D . I make more than my share too.




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