kuttlefish wrote:I'm combining some posts you made in this thread vs W&L, but we seem like like-minds looking at the same things. I agree that both W&_ schools should be ranked evenly at around #30, but for some reason, W&L was 5 spots higher than normal and W&M is 5 spots lower. I was just looking over the employment stats, and W&M had more respondents reporting salary than W&L (68% vs 40%). To me that means, more people got "reportable" jobs as opposed to any old job. Combine that stat with difference in class size and you might have an explanation for the discrepancy. Maybe I'm just mad that I didn't get an W&L acceptance today. I just wish that everyone was as transparent as Northwestern when it came to employment stats, since that's the only stat that matters.
I anticipate getting nearly identical offers at W&M and W&L. I have a (nearly) full-tuition scholarship/fellowship combo at W&M and at W&L I think I'm competitive for the 120k scholarship based on LSN.
That said, I'd give the edge to W&M due to location.
We know enough about the raw employment numbers to determine that W&M and W&L are peers. 55% to 54.5% or something. But little Lexington is about an hour away from the nearest city (Roanoke), which isn't exactly a major market to begin with. The opportunities to network and hustle to get that job seem pretty slim in that location.
Conversely, Williamsburg is in a great location. An hour from Richmond, the state capitol. Less than that from Newport News, Fairfax, Chesapeake and Va Beach. And like 2.5 hours away from DC.
There's just more opportunity at W&M, I think. But I do love W&L, everything from the third year program to the honor code. W&M gets the edge, though.
As far as laughing at the pandemonium, what was your top choice? I feel similar since I got a great offer from LSU. My fall-back scenario is being a "regular" lawyer in-state with less than $25k of total debt (I got CoL covered). If I can do better, great, if not... oh well. So now, the rest of this cycle is like gambling with monopoly money. I might throw an app at Michigan just for the fug of it.
Until about 30 minutes ago, W&M was my top choice due to the great scholarship. But I also just got a great offer from UF law, which is my alma mater. It would be so much easier to go to school in my hometown and I have ties to FL. So I've got a tough choice to make.
It's looking like UF vs. W&M right now.
I hate the feeling of jerking my family around as the offers come in, though.