D Brooks wrote:I officially belong here now!! Although it was bittersweet to give up all that GULC $$ and resign myself to living in a college town as opposed to a city, I'm pumped to FINALLY know where I'll be headed this fall.
It is a good feeling isn't it...
Question for you though: What pushed you over the edge? UVA and GULC are close peer schools. If you had $$ and the city life that you wanted why did you pick UVA? I need to know because I have lots of friends looking to go to GULC or get their Econ PhD's at Georgetown and I need good reasons to convince them that UVA is right for them too. For some reason the general awesomeness of C-Ville and awesome UVA sports isn't getting through to them.
At the end of the day, the exit options from UVA are far more secure if you graduate in the middle of the class and far more prestigious if you graduate in the top (10%ish) of the class. I've talked to countless T14 law students, a number of hiring partners at elite biglaw firms and lit boutiques, and read through many NLJ reports and legal blogs. Although when talking to people I got mixed advice, the majority of them said I should go to UVA.
In addition, I really liked Charlottesville/UVA when I visited. Every student I spoke with there had nothing but great things to say about the school, their professors, and their peers. I even remember discussing with the other admitted student who was staying with the same host as I that UVA is a school that you wouldn't regret
attending which I think is something that can be said about only a handful of law schools. Also, I'm still on Chicago's waitlist and the terms of the GULC scholarship would have required me to immediately withdraw from all other schools.
It's obviously tough turning down money from a national school but in the end I think UVA will be the best place for me.