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nyu or ucla

nyu
6
25%
ucla
18
75%
 
Total votes: 24

gotttal
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nyu or ucla

Postby gotttal » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:37 pm

just got into nyu.

los angeles native here at UCLA with no LR but high position on secondary law journal.

career aspirations in big law in los angeles--but have a desire to go abroad.

undecided btwn litigation or transactional but leaning twd litigation.

some financial aid at UCLA. none at NYU obviously.

solid bid list at UCLA+did some networking. worked in los angeles before law school.

my concerns include: cost (with the result of living frugally during law school), amount of los angeles firms that go to OCI, getting onto a secondary law journal (not going to try for LR, heard they take one person), being treated as a median candidate at NYU

to be honest, my motivations for transferring are name/prestige and possibly more big law opportunities...but many ppl have said that someone with my gpa ~top 10-15%, i should be fine at UCLA for big law.

any thoughts? thanks in advance, guys!

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Knock
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Re: nyu or ucla

Postby Knock » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:49 pm

gotttal wrote:just got into nyu.

los angeles native here at UCLA with no LR but high position on secondary law journal.

career aspirations in big law in los angeles--but have a desire to go abroad.

undecided btwn litigation or transactional but leaning twd litigation.

some financial aid at UCLA. none at NYU obviously.

solid bid list at UCLA+did some networking. worked in los angeles before law school.

my concerns include: cost (with the result of living frugally during law school), amount of los angeles firms that go to OCI, getting onto a secondary law journal (not going to try for LR, heard they take one person), being treated as a median candidate at NYU

to be honest, my motivations for transferring are name/prestige and possibly more big law opportunities...but many ppl have said that someone with my gpa ~top 10-15%, i should be fine at UCLA for big law.

any thoughts? thanks in advance, guys!


I would go with NYU. I'm a southern California (near LA) native as well. I think there is just too big of a difference between the schools. NYU is ranked #6, versus UCLA at #15. While UCLA will give you some strong career prospects in southern california, so will NYU, if not more so, plus it has added portability if you decide to ever try and practice elsewhere.

However, you are succeeding at UCLA, and are obviously excelling, making contacts and friends. It's a hard decision, but you're making quite a jump, and i'm inclined to say it's worth it.

How much money are you getting from UCLA exactly?

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vanwinkle
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Re: nyu or ucla

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:54 pm

If your goals are BigLaw, and you're already set at UCLA with 2L OCI bids, then I don't really see why you need to transfer to NYU.

You should be aware that "going abroad" almost never happens, very few truly international law jobs exist and even those who work on international projects often do it from their domestic office for the most part. That's what I understand at least. There are a few firms that will put US law grads in their international offices, but very few, and that kind of thing is competitive.

You'll probably do well with either decision, which is kind of a reason to stay. I mean, yes, you'll do well at NYU in the long run, but if you'll do well where you are now, why make the effort to move across the country on short notice?

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Knock
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Re: nyu or ucla

Postby Knock » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:57 pm

vanwinkle wrote:If your goals are BigLaw, and you're already set at UCLA with 2L OCI bids, then I don't really see why you need to transfer to NYU.

You should be aware that "going abroad" almost never happens, very few truly international law jobs exist and even those who work on international projects often do it from their domestic office for the most part. That's what I understand at least. There are a few firms that will put US law grads in their international offices, but very few, and that kind of thing is competitive.

You'll probably do well with either decision, which is kind of a reason to stay. I mean, yes, you'll do well at NYU in the long run, but if you'll do well where you are now, why make the effort to move across the country on short notice?


Listen to this, disregard what I said.

kewlsamurai
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Re: nyu or ucla

Postby kewlsamurai » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:52 am

I can't believe after an entire summer of trying to stay in NY, you are still unsure. That among other things leads me to believe you should stay at UCLA. Also, NYU isn't an ivy.... ;-)




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