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Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:08 pm
by lawstudento
I was just admitted to Northwestern. I still have applications pending at Cornell, Duke, Penn, and Michigan. I don't think I have particularly strong chances at any of the schools, but I somehow got into NU, so who knows. I'd like to practice business litigation and the like, doesn't have to be a big firm. I'm hoping to move back to California after graduation.

Question is: given my interest in business/litigation, for which I'll want to work in a firm, would it even be the right decision to go to any of the other schools? All things being equal, am I better off elsewhere if I can get in? Or should I start packing for Chicago and withdraw the apps?

I am across the country and I have a LOT to do to get ready and make the move. If it's better to wait and see, then I'll do it. But if it is basically moot whether I'm admitted elsewhere, then I can start making arrangements.

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:17 pm
by blacklawboss
Count your blessings and choose between the Cubs or White Sox

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:28 pm
by lawyerwannabe
blacklawboss wrote:Count your blessings and choose between the Cubs or White Sox


And show an undying love for the Bulls, as the city is obsessed with them and they are actually relevant to their sport.

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:30 pm
by lawyerwannabe
In all seriousness though, unless you have a specific geographic preference or eternal hate for the city of Chicago, all the schools you listed are peers so you should just go to NW and enjoy your final two years of law school.

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:46 pm
by transplantedbuckeye
Northwestern is great, but I'd wait for Penn or Michigan if it were me.

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:56 pm
by CanadianWolf
How long do you have until you need to respond to Northwestern's offer ?

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:33 pm
by lawstudento
Technically the 21st, but there is a bid deadline for a interview program on the 15th, so i figure I'll set a deadline of the 14th.

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:34 pm
by CanadianWolf
Northwestern. Not sure if Cornell & Duke place well in California---probably not better than NU. Regardless, as your only option is Northwestern--and it is a great option--the answer should be clear.

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:52 pm
by paulinaporizkova
transplantedbuckeye wrote:Northwestern is great, but I'd wait for Penn or Michigan if it were me.

uh, seriously? TINTCR

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:17 pm
by transplantedbuckeye
paulinaporizkova wrote:
transplantedbuckeye wrote:Northwestern is great, but I'd wait for Penn or Michigan if it were me.

uh, seriously? TINTCR


Notice I said WHAT I WOULD DO.

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:30 pm
by paulinaporizkova
transplantedbuckeye wrote:
paulinaporizkova wrote:
transplantedbuckeye wrote:Northwestern is great, but I'd wait for Penn or Michigan if it were me.

uh, seriously? TINTCR


Notice I said WHAT I WOULD DO.

how can you even say that? you're not in that situation. anyone in their right mind would get their shit together as early as possible and start making moves instead of waiting on peer schools

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:45 pm
by lawstudento
This seems to be the lay of the land:

Penn/Mich seem to be slightly better in employment opportunity. Probably not a big difference in an individual case since I'm not really looking for one of those "special" opportunities. They are, however, probably worth pushing for an answer if I can get it before I need to bid at NU.

Duke/Cornell seem to be more in line with NU and given that, I'd much rather take the business focus of NU (really excited about a number of aspects of this).

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:49 pm
by bk1
lawstudento wrote:Penn/Mich seem to be slightly better in employment opportunity.


From a regular admissions perspective this is not the lay of the land at all. They are peer schools.

I won't say more because I'm sure that there nuances i/r/t transferring that I as a 0L know nothing about (e.g. getting on LR).

Re: Northwestern or wait?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:04 pm
by transplantedbuckeye
lawstudento wrote:This seems to be the lay of the land:

Penn/Mich seem to be slightly better in employment opportunity. Probably not a big difference in an individual case since I'm not really looking for one of those "special" opportunities. They are, however, probably worth pushing for an answer if I can get it before I need to bid at NU.

Duke/Cornell seem to be more in line with NU and given that, I'd much rather take the business focus of NU (really excited about a number of aspects of this).


Why not see if NU will give you an extra week or two to decide?