Cavalier wrote:I'm from WA, and when I tell people there I'm going to UVA Law, their typical reaction is "oh, did you get rejected from UW?" If you want lay prestige, go to Georgetown. But if you want actual prestige, then go to UVA.
So true. I'm in Seattle now and I get that all the time at work. I work with this one lady who is the type of person who no matter what you are talking about, she says something to one up you. So when I finally went public with the fact that I was leaving to go to law school, she informed me that her brother is a lawyer and he went to Gonzaga. I'm pretty sure I was supposed to find that quite impressive.
Hah! I'm from Seattle. I wear my UVA Law sweater zip-up (the grey one w/the white/orange embroidered logo on the left). Matter of fact, I have it right here hanging in my cubicle at work while wearing an orange tee..
Anyways, I'm in the same position. Not just UW, but people brag about SU. When people ask why I chose UVA, it's really hard to say 'because it's a kick ass school' or something along the lines. I think the best response, and something that some others have told me here is to say "It's a good school." That's sufficient.
When I got admitted, I had to convince my parents that it is a good school. My father didn't seem very enthusiastic until he searched online for law school rankings and then sent me the rankings (as if he assumed I didn't know rankings)...Re this: He lives in SoCal and I was there this past weekend. I got the "Why UVA" question there as well. This woman was telling me about her daughter who went to Pepperdine, and how she dropped out after 2 yrs because she realized that "law requires a lot of hrs of work" (oddly enough, she was a paralegal before going to law school, so one would assume she would know the lifestyle). I met another guy who went to Southern California Law School and how the first year attrition rate is 30% and that the legal market is tough and he didn't know much about UVA, I think based on my conversation w/him...On the other hand, my mother works in a high-end sales industry and a lot of her clients are lawyers. When she drops the name, they know and give major props.
I'm rambling, but really, in its own way, it is nice that people don't know because at the end of the day, my reason for choosing UVA is not to impress people outside of the law. (Yes, I admit, that part of the reason that I'm attending UVA Law is to impress ppl within the field, but I'm sure I'm not alone here.)