Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

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Is the 2.5x debt worth the transfer if planning to stay in Philly area?

Go Penn with $100k more debt
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52%
Stay Temple with $40k more debt
12
48%
 
Total votes: 25

phillaw
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Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby phillaw » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:37 am

Assuming arguendo that a transfer is possible, do I give up my great progress and little debt at Temple for an ivy league degree, better prospects for big law, and more than twice the debt? Corporate big law in PA/DE/NJ is the goal, and I'm not afraid to to take out a big mortgage on my law degree to get there. Penn's upper-level courses/clinicals (plus Wharton access) clearly trump Temple's, which are solid but mostly in the evenings and no business journal to try to write-on. But if a top rank and the standard corporate law curriculum at Temple could get me there, is it worth the transfer? I have friends in other grad programs at Penn, so it would be nice to share an alma mater with them one day, but that's not a big deal.

xyzzzzzzzz
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Re: Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby xyzzzzzzzz » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:23 am

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Re: Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby 2009 Prospective » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:08 pm

If I were in your position, I'd stay at Temple.

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Re: Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby 98234872348 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:11 pm

I think this depends on how Temple students in your position did at OCI last year. If top students were striking out, it might be worth it to transfer to Penn. If students were getting 2L SAs at big firms, staying might be advisable.

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Cosmo Kramer
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Re: Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby Cosmo Kramer » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:31 pm

If you're doing well enough to transfer to Penn you're doing well enough to get biglaw at temple. How badly do you want your resume to say "Penn Law"?

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Re: Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby RonSantoRules » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:23 pm

If you want to stay in the PA/DE/NJ area, no. For the Philly area law schools, I would only transfer to Penn from the top of the class at Nova/Widener/Drexel/Rutgers.

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Re: Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby jp0094 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:14 pm

I'm in a similar position as the OP, but I'll be stuck paying sticker @ Temple barring some scholarship opportunity that magically appears. So I'm thinking transfer might be worth it... but idk

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Cosmo Kramer
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Re: Temple -> Penn? Gonna stay in PA/DE/NJ for good though...

Postby Cosmo Kramer » Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:59 pm

jp0094 wrote:I'm in a similar position as the OP, but I'll be stuck paying sticker @ Temple barring some scholarship opportunity that magically appears. So I'm thinking transfer might be worth it... but idk



Depends on the difference in cost (in-state?) and your goals




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