RaiderBlue17 wrote:fundamentallybroken wrote:Trouble with SLU is that: A. You'll have to live/work in St. Louis; and (bigger than A), B. You'll be competing with WUSTL (ranked at 19 against SLU's >100). At least DU is 77 against CU's 47.
If you love Denver, the choice seems fairly obvious.
I DO LOVE Denver, but I BELIEVE that if EVERYBODY is as smart as everybody else in law school, then the coin flip scenario applies. I am a wee bit older than kids just out of college, but I cannot guarantee that I'd be in the top half of DUs class. I hope that nobody could be THAT confident, LOL
My last concern with DU is the idea of a lack of true alumni support and connections. I haven't gotten a great feel for their employment stats relevant to Colorado. And Im not sure I'd really be competing with WashU kids at SLU seeing as im GUESSING they're looking for big law or top firms everywhere on the east coast.
I always hear 'everybody is as smart as you are' regarding law school so I can never feel COMPLETELY comfortable with a 3.0 stipulation, but HOPEFULLY after a visit to all of these schools one will stand out.
Thank You all, You have all been quite gracious.
I have been following this thread and thought I would throw you my two cents. I am a 2L at DU, and also considered SLU prior to coming to DU. First, SLU is a decent school, but as someone who spent many years in St. Louis I can say with 1000% confidence that the quality of life in Denver is significantly better (of course you know this already). Also, the Denver legal market is slightly larger, but far more diverse then you will find in STL. On a more important note, you can question DU for the high tuition and the less than stellar starting salary figures (although this is the case in most places), but I don't think you can question its alumni connections. Over 50% of all members of the Denver bar association, and the Colorado bar association are DU grads. That means that chances are, no matter what area of law, or what kind of practice (big firm, small firm, public interest, etc) you are interested in, there is an alumni network there for you. I understand being hesitant of the 3.0 stip. Yes not everyone can be in the top 50% of the class...but 3.0 really is a not at all difficult. Study, commit yourself, make it your job, and have a plan. I turned down money at other schools, and turned down significantly higher ranked schools to come to DU. I am not the "ra-ra" go DU type, but I can say that I am more than happy with my decision. Feel free to PM me if you would like more insight or have specific questions.