bettercallsaul91 wrote:In regards to WUSTL's reputation ...
Irrelevant part: My dad went to WUSTL's med school as a research fellow and about 80% of my parents' friends growing up were people in the medical field (mainly international students). Because of WUSTL's med school's reputation, when my parents or I mention I might go to WUSTL, we get a lot of oohs and ahhs and they insist I choose WUSTL, like why would I even consider anything else. When I've tried to explain that the law school's ranking is different, it doesn't seem to have an effect. o_o
Less-irrelevant part: As for non-medical general people in CA, I get a bigger 'ooh' for applying to UCLA and USC and waiting to hear back than the 'ooh' I get for getting into WUSTL. I think three or five times more people 'liked' my status update about getting into UC Hastings through my spam folder than my status update about getting into WUSTL. I went to middle school and high school in SF and college in SoCal(ish) ... so among general Californians, yeah the UC name does seem to go far (people who live in SF seem to think that Hastings is ranked -a lot- higher than it is) - but that doesn't matter for employment.
As for law people in CA, the 'ooh' for WUSTL trumps the ones for the other schools I've gotten into that are out-of-state (including UMN). When I went to the BC admitted students event with alumni practicing in the city and mentioned WUSTL as a top contender, I'm pretty sure two people gulped before abruptly giving up on selling me on BC (although BC's cool).
When it comes to choosing between UC and WUSTL, though, law students reinforce to me the importance of networking ...
That said, as long as scholly is competitive, I'm pretty sure WUSTL is miles and miles and miles ahead of UCH. Hastings' vibe seems to be exactly the opposite of what I want in law school. Just shadowed a friend last week, and yeah ... I don't think it's my scene ... but networking in SF is important if I'd want to come back here. Not sure if I need to come back here though ... SF's great, but wouldn't mind starting a family in the Midwest. Don't mind the COL either ... and the challenge of making a red state turn blue.
TYFT, good read.