Br3v wrote: somewhatwayward wrote:
twentypercentmore wrote:Nah, UVA and Penn are fairly comparable. Obviously if OP has ties to the south, he should go UVA -- or ties to Philly, should go Penn. If you're below median at either place, you start to get in trouble. EDing to UVA instead of Penn is an okay choice.
I agree that I should've qualified what I said by adding that if you are from the South and want to go back there (or maybe if you just want to live there but don't have tie), UVa>Penn. But if you are okay with NYC as an outcome and you are at least considering private practice, I think EDing Penn is safer than UVa from an employment perspective. Perhaps Penn's edge is just because they have a smaller class. But I would prefer to be below median at Penn paying sticker and trying for big law than the equivalent position at UVa.
Does Penn place better NYC than UVA? Do either place above average in DC?
For whatever reason, yes, Penn does have an advantage to UVA when it comes to NYC Biglaw. According to LST, UVA put 72.9% of its students in "good" jobs (PI, Fed clerkship, biglaw) vs 73.3 at Penn. UVA places slightly better in DC, which is not saying much...
They really are comparable schools. My gut feeling says UPenn is slightly safer for an ED, but if you ED UVA, no one would hold that against you either.