Valera wrote:I'm actually very interested in IP and am debating this exact decision. I'm still waiting on any scholarship offer from Hastings (unless that was supposed to come with admission in which case, guess I miss out there) and am potentially up for a fellowship at Santa Clara.
Take the money and go to SCU? Or live in/closer to the greatest city ever and go to a higher ranked school? Both have strong IP programs but I'm specifically interested in the Health Law Consortium at Hastings that partners with UCSF. Also the Biosciences Clinic.
I am really struggling with this debate and obviously it's still a bit early but any insights could help... I really want to choose Hastings over Santa Clara but if the opps are better then it's hard to justify.
Thanks for answering questions!!
Comparing these schools is going to be tough. When examining full-time long-term employment, Hastings is slightly better, but the difference is so small that it's hardly worth basing your decision on.
Since you said you're looking for reasons to choose Hastings, I'll try and help you out.
First, even if you're interested in IP, you should consider what kind of IP you want to do. I know a good number of people who ended up in the IP litigation group at biglaw firms through normal OCI at Hastings. Some biglaw firms do recruit separately for IP, but many don't. So, even if there is a benefit for IP students at Santa Clara, it's going to be related to IP boutiques as opposed to biglaw firms.
Second, I don't know where you're from, but I have a difficult time believing that spending 3 years in Santa Clara could possibly be more fun than spending 3 years in San Francisco. Any concerns about cost differences would probably be cancelled out by having to own and maintain a car in Santa Clara, whereas you can easily get by without one in San Francisco.
Third, Hastings is a bigger school, so there are probably more options in terms of extra-curricular opportunities. You probably want to join some groups for fun/social life, and those groups are limited at smaller schools. I am personally super happy that I chose Hastings, and it's almost entirely because of my experience with extra curriculars.
Finally, I would argue that if you compare the responses of the two schools to the declining legal market, Hastings comes out ahead. Hasting's biggest move was to publicly announce that they were shrinking the school by 1/5th. By comparison, Santa Clara decided that their response would be to manipulate their numbers and make pretend 1/6th of their graduating class was "not seeking employment" in order to inflate their stats (source: http://insidethelawschoolscam.blogspot. ... yment.html
This doesn't mean the employment situation is actually better at Hastings, but all other things be equal, I'd rather be at the school that tells me the truth and tries to respond responsibly to the shrinking employment market.