bilbobaggins wrote: crackberry wrote:
bilbobaggins wrote:That's true, but that's not what Boalt did. They're raising it by 21% next year. When I was applying last year, I was aware that the tuition in-state was going from about 35k for the 09/10 year to about 41k for 10/11. They're bumping it up to 44k instead. Yes, this definitely sucks, but it should not have caught people by surprise that their fees were going to increase substantially. Berkeley has an excellent LRAP and also places well in Biglaw.
And I'm also sure that any top school could, private or public.
Yeah. But in the past I had justification for picking Berkeley over Chicago, NYU, Columbia, and maybe even Harvard. While UCB clearly isn't quite at the level of any of those schools, I liked the location much more, the in-state tuition was under 30K--so it was much cheaper--and the LRAP was good. In addition, Berkeley placed well into BigLaw.
However, as things stand, it doesn't make sense to take Berkeley over NYU or Columbia. Both NYU and Columbia have better or at least comparable LRAPs, much more firms do OCI at NYU and Columbia (and even Michigan / Virginia / Penn), tuition will be about 5-10K less per year, and they place better in almost every category.
And I think that this thread has somewhat proved my point (that Berkeley will lose some quality applicants). Sure, they'll still have medians at about 167 and 3.8-9, but they won't get me, Crackberry, Maggiebre, 0L Hoping for 1, and a bunch of other 170+, 3.8+ applicants.