whitman wrote:I'm choosing between Penn, Cornell, Georgetown, Vandy, and Texas at this point, and have not heard about money from any of them.
From what you know now, how would you rank GULC among the following in terms of job prospects, etc. I am choosing between Penn, Cornell, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, and Texas at this point, and am anticipating sticker at Penn, a small schollie at Cornell/GULC, and pretty good money at Vandy and Texas..
In terms of lifestyle, Texas is my number one choice. I have wanted to live in Austin for a long time and attend UT for its sports, music scene, etc, but I also like DC a lot - though I've never spent more than a weekend there at a time.
As far as careers go, I am interested in west coast, Austin, Nashville, DC, Boston, New Orleans, and I think I'd be okay with other Texas cities for a while (maybe a long time; haven't spent much time there), as well as Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami. Not too interested in NYCIdeally, I'd like to go into environmental/energy/land use/immigration/human rights law (not interested in litigating on behalf of a major polluter, abuser of human rights, etc) but am keeping an open mind toward big law for its career opportunities down the line. I might also be interested in a clerkship or government positions, with DOJ for example.
Any words of wisdom?
I doubt you'll have much to say about this aside from details of your experience with GULC, which you've already provided, but I thought I'd throw it out there. Thanks.
I think the biggest difference between these schools is going to be where they place rather than whether they place. People in this site tend to make more of a difference than exists in terms of placement power between the schools you mentioned. I think that most of the difference has to do with self-selection of the students (e.g., many more Georgetown students go to government jobs than other schools mentioned, naturally). I think before you decide on the school, you need to determine what your preference for careers is now, and also how likely that is to change. Once you decide those things you can narrow down your choices and consider money offered.
I think Georgetown has an advantage in some areas of placement, such as Government. If you want to break into the DC market I think your chances are significantly improved with Penn or Georgetown. If you want Texas, then Texas. Cornell really shouldn't be in the calculus, because Penn places at least as well and gives you more market options (unless Cornell throws a big chunk of money your way). I think the other advantage Georgetown has, and I've mentioned this a few times in this thread, is that it has a huge diversity of strong programs. So if you're not really sure what you want to do after school (which seems to be true in your case since you mentioned such a variety of fields/practice types) you can make sure you keep those options open. Also, I think the large class at Georgetown gives the school more geographic diversity in placement.
This perceived flexibility of Georgetown definitely helped me choose it over Cornell and Vandy because, like you it seems, I wasn't sure what I wanted out of law school. In the end, I'm going to a Firm in NY, so I probably could have gotten there going to any of those schools... Good luck choosing!