Duke Class of 2017

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2017)

How's everyone feeling?

Super freaked out.
2
15%
Kind of freaked out.
1
8%
Freaked out...
2
15%
Thinking I should've been a blacksmith.
6
46%
My dad's a named partner, so...
2
15%
 
Total votes: 13

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby lawschool22 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:25 am

drawstring wrote:Ya they seem to spread the money around well rather than concentrating it near the top as I've heard people claim about NYU.


I kind of like Duke's strategy better. It seems more helpful to students in general to give a lot of people at least some decent scholarship packages, as opposed to giving some people tons of $$ and a good portion of others $0.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby mylifeis24 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:31 am

lawschool22 wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:90K! 3.71, 172. Definitely makes me more interested in Duke, but still not sure if it outweighs CCN even at sticker.... Decisions, decisions.


Please please please do not turn down $90k (or more if you negotiate) at Duke to go to CCN at sticker. It isn't worth it.


I've also received $75K at UVA, which I think is better suited for my interests (clerkship, big law, preferably DC, preferably in an appellate lit practice, then BigFed). If I was able to either raise the $75K offer to match Duke, or even if I just stuck with the $75K, would you apply the same logic and take UVA over CCN and UVA over Duke?

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby buffalo_ » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:39 am

Sorry if this has been asked and answered ITT already, but how long does Duke take to review financials? They notified me that they received my info about two weeks ago, but my status checker is still on "Decision Made."

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby cotiger » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:44 am

mylifeis24 wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:90K! 3.71, 172. Definitely makes me more interested in Duke, but still not sure if it outweighs CCN even at sticker.... Decisions, decisions.


Please please please do not turn down $90k (or more if you negotiate) at Duke to go to CCN at sticker. It isn't worth it.


I've also received $75K at UVA, which I think is better suited for my interests (clerkship, big law, preferably DC, preferably in an appellate lit practice, then BigFed). If I was able to either raise the $75K offer to match Duke, or even if I just stuck with the $75K, would you apply the same logic and take UVA over CCN and UVA over Duke?


The only one of those that I think UVA might have an advantage over Duke would be the DC preference.

But if you're really truly set on clerkship, DC, and bigfed, I think you know what the correct answer is.. (hint: it's none of the ones you've mentioned).

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby lawschool22 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:46 am

mylifeis24 wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:90K! 3.71, 172. Definitely makes me more interested in Duke, but still not sure if it outweighs CCN even at sticker.... Decisions, decisions.


Please please please do not turn down $90k (or more if you negotiate) at Duke to go to CCN at sticker. It isn't worth it.


I've also received $75K at UVA, which I think is better suited for my interests (clerkship, big law, preferably DC, preferably in an appellate lit practice, then BigFed). If I was able to either raise the $75K offer to match Duke, or even if I just stuck with the $75K, would you apply the same logic and take UVA over CCN and UVA over Duke?


Well now that you mentioned your interests, it becomes slightly more complicated. I forget, do you have a CCN offer yet? Or are you sure it's going to be $0?

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby Trig » Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:48 am

buffalo_ wrote:Sorry if this has been asked and answered ITT already, but how long does Duke take to review financials? They notified me that they received my info about two weeks ago, but my status checker is still on "Decision Made."

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby mylifeis24 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:22 pm

lawschool22 wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:90K! 3.71, 172. Definitely makes me more interested in Duke, but still not sure if it outweighs CCN even at sticker.... Decisions, decisions.


Please please please do not turn down $90k (or more if you negotiate) at Duke to go to CCN at sticker. It isn't worth it.


I've also received $75K at UVA, which I think is better suited for my interests (clerkship, big law, preferably DC, preferably in an appellate lit practice, then BigFed). If I was able to either raise the $75K offer to match Duke, or even if I just stuck with the $75K, would you apply the same logic and take UVA over CCN and UVA over Duke?


Well now that you mentioned your interests, it becomes slightly more complicated. I forget, do you have a CCN offer yet? Or are you sure it's going to be $0?


$45K from Chicago, which people from last semester said they were able to negotiate up to around $60K. Still waiting on NYU and Columbia. I fairly confident I'm going to get something from NYU and Columbia- the sticker comparison above was a worse-case scenario hypo.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby mylifeis24 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:24 pm

cotiger wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:90K! 3.71, 172. Definitely makes me more interested in Duke, but still not sure if it outweighs CCN even at sticker.... Decisions, decisions.


Please please please do not turn down $90k (or more if you negotiate) at Duke to go to CCN at sticker. It isn't worth it.


I've also received $75K at UVA, which I think is better suited for my interests (clerkship, big law, preferably DC, preferably in an appellate lit practice, then BigFed). If I was able to either raise the $75K offer to match Duke, or even if I just stuck with the $75K, would you apply the same logic and take UVA over CCN and UVA over Duke?


The only one of those that I think UVA might have an advantage over Duke would be the DC preference.

But if you're really truly set on clerkship, DC, and bigfed, I think you know what the correct answer is.. (hint: it's none of the ones you've mentioned).


Well obviously HYS would be ideal, but that's not on the table. From my five current options, (CCN,V,D), I think that order is representative of my chances at reaching those goals.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby lawschool22 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:27 pm

mylifeis24 wrote:
$45K from Chicago, which people from last semester said they were able to negotiate up to around $60K. Still waiting on NYU and Columbia. I fairly confident I'm going to get something from NYU and Columbia- the sticker comparison above was a worse-case scenario hypo.


If you can get to $60k at Chicago I would take that over Duke at $90k or UVA at $75k given your goals. I would likely take Chicago at $45k over Duke at $90k, although I'd have to think about it some.

Your situation is definitely a different ball game than $90k at Duke vs CCN at sticker as you initially implied lol

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby Theopliske8711 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:30 pm

Clerkships are a crapshoot, I don't know if it pays to make law school decisions based on that.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby mylifeis24 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:33 pm

Theopliske8711 wrote:Clerkships are a crapshoot, I don't know if it pays to make law school decisions based on that.


True, and it is in no way the primary criterion that I'm basing a decision off of. That being said, I do like the institutional support the Columbia, NYU and UVA have in place to assist students in acquiring clerkships.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby mylifeis24 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:34 pm

lawschool22 wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:
$45K from Chicago, which people from last semester said they were able to negotiate up to around $60K. Still waiting on NYU and Columbia. I fairly confident I'm going to get something from NYU and Columbia- the sticker comparison above was a worse-case scenario hypo.


If you can get to $60k at Chicago I would take that over Duke at $90k or UVA at $75k given your goals. I would likely take Chicago at $45k over Duke at $90k, although I'd have to think about it some.

Your situation is definitely a different ball game than $90k at Duke vs CCN at sticker as you initially implied lol


You're right, that was misleading. I meant it more as a comparison, not my actual situation. Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby cotiger » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:53 pm

mylifeis24 wrote:
Theopliske8711 wrote:Clerkships are a crapshoot, I don't know if it pays to make law school decisions based on that.


True, and it is in no way the primary criterion that I'm basing a decision off of. That being said, I do like the institutional support the Columbia, NYU and UVA have in place to assist students in acquiring clerkships.


Outside of HYS, chances of clerking are pretty much even all the way around.

From 2007-2012, here are the average number of grads going into federal clerkships from the schools you mentioned:

Duke 12.2%
UVA 11.7%
Chicago 11.3%
Columbia 8.9%
NYU 8.4%

Smaller schools tend to do better for clerking because of the importance of professor recommendations to the hiring process.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby Pyromancer » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:47 pm

Three day turnaround on scholarship form received to scholarship mailed. Good or bad sign?

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby barrelofmonkeys » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:48 pm

LoganFL wrote:Three day turnaround on scholarship form received to scholarship mailed. Good or bad sign?


:-|

Scholarship form received 02/18/2014

:-|

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby lawschool22 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:26 pm

cotiger wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:
Theopliske8711 wrote:Clerkships are a crapshoot, I don't know if it pays to make law school decisions based on that.


True, and it is in no way the primary criterion that I'm basing a decision off of. That being said, I do like the institutional support the Columbia, NYU and UVA have in place to assist students in acquiring clerkships.


Outside of HYS, chances of clerking are pretty much even all the way around.

From 2007-2012, here are the average number of grads going into federal clerkships from the schools you mentioned:

Duke 12.2%
UVA 11.7%
Chicago 11.3%
Columbia 8.9%
NYU 8.4%

Smaller schools tend to do better for clerking because of the importance of professor recommendations to the hiring process.


Also, for the "good" clerkships, grades are going to be the most important factor rather than where you went to school, outside of HYS. Which is a main reason we see relatively similar percentages across the board.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby Theopliske8711 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:50 pm

Yea, clerkships will likely go to those in the top 10-20% of their class. If you can get into that range at Duke you will likely have just as much a chance as at CLS.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby blink » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:54 pm

LoganFL wrote:Three day turnaround on scholarship form received to scholarship mailed. Good or bad sign?

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby milkandcheerios » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:39 pm

My scholarship letter was mailed on monday. Today, I was super excited to get this package from Duke in my mailbox thinking it was my offer only to open it and find a t-shirt from their blueprint to LEAD program. I can't even wear it because it's too big!

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby yomisterd » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:25 pm

Lots of swag from Duke today. I like swag.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby PotenC » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:43 pm

milkandcheerios wrote:My scholarship letter was mailed on monday. Today, I was super excited to get this package from Duke in my mailbox thinking it was my offer only to open it and find a t-shirt from their blueprint to LEAD program. I can't even wear it because it's too big!


Haha, did you get a large as well?

UNFORTUNATELY I AM NOT A GIANT.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby milkandcheerios » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:57 pm

PotenC wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:My scholarship letter was mailed on monday. Today, I was super excited to get this package from Duke in my mailbox thinking it was my offer only to open it and find a t-shirt from their blueprint to LEAD program. I can't even wear it because it's too big!


Haha, did you get a large as well?

UNFORTUNATELY I AM NOT A GIANT.


yup I got a large. I guess I'll just give it to my uncle or something.

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby KatyMarie » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:48 am

milkandcheerios wrote:
PotenC wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:My scholarship letter was mailed on monday. Today, I was super excited to get this package from Duke in my mailbox thinking it was my offer only to open it and find a t-shirt from their blueprint to LEAD program. I can't even wear it because it's too big!


Haha, did you get a large as well?

UNFORTUNATELY I AM NOT A GIANT.


yup I got a large. I guess I'll just give it to my uncle or something.


+1 So excited for Scholarship money...but it turned out to be a giant t-shirt...they ought to start putting "T-shirt size?" on the application :)

Not to be super neurotic or anything, but has anyone gotten their t-shirt first then received scholarship info?

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby lawschool22 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:40 am

KatyMarie wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:
PotenC wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:My scholarship letter was mailed on monday. Today, I was super excited to get this package from Duke in my mailbox thinking it was my offer only to open it and find a t-shirt from their blueprint to LEAD program. I can't even wear it because it's too big!


Haha, did you get a large as well?

UNFORTUNATELY I AM NOT A GIANT.


yup I got a large. I guess I'll just give it to my uncle or something.


+1 So excited for Scholarship money...but it turned out to be a giant t-shirt...they ought to start putting "T-shirt size?" on the application :)

Not to be super neurotic or anything, but has anyone gotten their t-shirt first then received scholarship info?


Yep

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Re: Duke Class of 2017

Postby mylifeis24 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:44 am

lawschool22 wrote:
KatyMarie wrote:
milkandcheerios wrote:
PotenC wrote:My scholarship letter was mailed on monday. Today, I was super excited to get this package from Duke in my mailbox thinking it was my offer only to open it and find a t-shirt from their blueprint to LEAD program. I can't even wear it because it's too big!


yup I got a large. I guess I'll just give it to my uncle or something.


+1 So excited for Scholarship money...but it turned out to be a giant t-shirt...they ought to start putting "T-shirt size?" on the application :)

Not to be super neurotic or anything, but has anyone gotten their t-shirt first then received scholarship info?


Yep


+1




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