Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

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Vandy ($$) vs. Gtown (ticket)

Poll ended at Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:55 pm

Vanderbilt (1/2 tuition scholarship)
59
88%
Georgetown (ticket)
8
12%
 
Total votes: 67

Pierre521
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Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Pierre521 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:55 pm

Hey guys,
I'm still struggling between Vandy with $72k scholarship and Gtown at ticket price. At this point, I'm not sure what type of law I want to practice.. perhaps public interest, but I don't have my heart set on it. Essentially, I am attending law school because I really enjoy logic and am genuinely interested legal practice in the US. Oh, and I hope to work on the East Coast (Boston, DC, NY, Philadelphia, etc.).
I'd appreciate ANY insight. Thanks a ton!

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby bk1 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:57 pm

I think this leans towards Vandy, but a few answers might make it easier to decide.

Debt aversion? Desired geographic area of practice?

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Pierre521 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:02 pm

Thanks for the reply. Because I have worked/saved a great deal over the past few years, law school debt is not a huge issue. However, it is a consideration and I will be taking out loans for either school. I plan to work on the East Coast.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby bk1 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:39 pm

Then I think Vandy is the right response. I might have said GULC for CA but even then. Generally, I think half tuition at Vandy is better than sticker at GULC.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Rawlsian » Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:16 am

Here was a recent discussion on Vanderbilt vs GULC at sticker:
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=118548

They're both peer schools; I'm not sure if a convincing argument can be made that one is objectively better than the other. Have you visited either? They have completely different atmospheres--I mean culture, location, class size, ect...

Vandy has had really great placement stats recently, outperforming GULC in big law and art. III clerkships; but that has just been this year and last's. And who knows if that trend will continue? GULC had a pretty good edge before 2008, back when the economy was booming. Vandy's small class size+broad geographic disbursement isolates it somewhat from volatile market swings.

But whatever the merits of deciding which school is better (ceteris paribus), this is not a decision of "all things being equal." 81k at Vandy vs. sticker at GULC seems like a no-brainer. Hopefully I'll see you in the fall.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Pierre521 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:31 am

Thanks for the link! I'm swinging toward Vandy, just looking for some additional perspective :)



Rawlsian wrote:Here was a recent discussion on Vanderbilt vs GULC at sticker:
http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=118548

They're both peer schools; I'm not sure if a convincing argument can be made that one is objectively better than the other. Have you visited either? They have completely different atmospheres--I mean culture, location, class size, ect...

Vandy has had really great placement stats recently, outperforming GULC in big law and art. III clerkships; but that has just been this year and last's. And who knows if that trend will continue? GULC had a pretty good edge before 2008, back when the economy was booming. Vandy's small class size+broad geographic disbursement isolates it somewhat from volatile market swings.

But whatever the merits of deciding which school is better (ceteris paribus), this is not a decision of "all things being equal." 81k at Vandy vs. sticker at GULC seems like a no-brainer. Hopefully I'll see you in the fall.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby thickfreakness » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:32 am

I'd take Vandy and never look back. 72K is not an inconsequential sum of money. Plus, your COL in DC is going to be much higher than Nashville.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Grizz » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:36 am

Take the money. Georgetown is not worth the $72k more plus extra COL.

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Postby miamiman » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:44 am

Rad, you know I respect your posting but you hardcore troll for Vandy. :P

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby NU_Jet55 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:48 am

Congrats on breaking into the t19!

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Bankhead » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:49 am

GULC won't offer you anything if you tell them about the Vandy scholly?

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby romothesavior » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:50 am

NU_Jet55 wrote:Congrats on breaking into the t19!


Lol EGREGIOUS Washington University trolling.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby NU_Jet55 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:16 am

romothesavior wrote:
NU_Jet55 wrote:Congrats on breaking into the t19!


Lol EGREGIOUS Washington University trolling.


hey. It's gonna be a thing.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Grizz » Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:19 am

miamiman wrote:Rad, you know I respect your posting but you hardcore troll for Vandy. :P


Haha guilty as charged.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby missvik218 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:27 am

I'd take Vandy fairly easily, and it saddens me to have to say that because, well ... I want your spot! :oops: But if you don't have any super compelling reason to choose G-town then I think this should be a no brainer.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby NayBoer » Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:38 am

I'd probably go Vandy, since that's a big pile of money and you aren't set on DC.

romothesavior wrote:
NU_Jet55 wrote:Congrats on breaking into the t19!


Lol EGREGIOUS Washington University trolling.
And anti-GWU trolling.

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Pierre521 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:20 pm

lol, thanks guys

...and no, Gtown is not willing to offer me anything

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby yzrcr701 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:12 pm

that's a very tough choice- I know you mentioned you aren't sure what type of law u want to get into- but maybe scroll through the different externships- see which appeal more to you. Plus, the law school cultures will be very different bw the 2 schools (I'm sure ur considering all that)- sorry not much help

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Dany » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:48 pm

Since you're not too sure what type of law you want and aren't really tied down to a location, I think a $72K discount on a law school education at Vandy will make it a lot more enjoyable/interesting (some of your reasons for attending LS.) Sticker + COL in DC is a LOT to pay to pursue an interest. Unless you loved GULC and hated Vandy, I think Vandy is the way to go here. That's an amazing scholarship at a fantastic school, a combo that you really can't go wrong with.

Good luck!

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Pierre521 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:04 am

Thanks everyone :). Decided on Vandy

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Postby Dany » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:06 am

Pierre521 wrote:Thanks everyone :). Decided on Vandy

Congrats on the decision! I think you will absolutely LOVE it.

Also, thanks for letting us know. I like it when people with these threads share what they end up doing. :D

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Re: Vandy ($$) vs. Georgetown (ticket price)

Postby Rawlsian » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:29 pm

Pierre521 wrote:Thanks everyone :). Decided on Vandy


See you in the fall!




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