AJFAJF wrote:True but jesuits in my area are also 35k per year. Regent is 8 grand with my pell grant and its not like people havent succeeded. Bob McDonell the governor of virginia for instance went to school at Regent.
He went to Notre Dame, he went to Regent Law and became a prosecutor then ran for office. Unless you plan to go to Regent Law and become a prosecutor then it isn't a particularly useful comparison.
If you want to go to Regent go there, but do so realizing that along the way there will be people in both your academic and business future who will judge you negatively for it.
Why not go to ODU or Norfolk State, both are cheap for in-state and neither will have the negatives of Regent.
True but don't forget, half the country is Republican. Not everyone is necessarily liberal and going to look at my resume and say "oh boy he went to Regent, forget it." Half the nation leans right. I'm sure through an interview process the ability to sell an employer on the fact that you attended a non traditional school like Regent sighting reasons such that you wanted an atmosphere of academia and clean sober fun coupled with a good price tag will off-set any leery pre-conceived connotations. Not everyone who believes in god and attends a conservative school is a "nut case." I understand that Bob McDonnell is anecdotal in example but it is an example, and a selling point. Will there be one guy out there that looks at it and dislikes it? Sure. But there's one guy out there that might not like my hair cut or how I talk. Sometimes you have to sell yourself and if an undergrad degree from Regent is what is holding you back when you have a J.D. from a top 20-35 school in conjunction with that B.A. from Regent, then I don't think Regent is the problem. The problem lien your inability to sell yourself effectively.
First, republican does not automatically equal Evangelical christian. Second, you shouldn't concentrate on the composition of the general public, you should care about law firms and law firm hiring committees.
If I was on a law firm hiring committee, I would be somewhat hesitant to hire someone who went to Regent. Why? Because I would worry that the person might hold views I consider extreme and silly--e.g., thinking evolution is not correct. A quick google search turned up this masterpiece: http://iheart7.com/wp-content/uploads/2 ... lution.pdf
It is terrifying to me that someone in college could write something like that. Why? Because it's not really a matter of intelligence, it's more a matter of not being able to analyze things objectively because they've been so warped by dogma.
You also might be in for a rough surprise if you don't think there is a drinking culture at most firms. There is. There is nothing wrong with not drinking, but it's not going to help the image that firms have about you.
Firms want to hire people that they view as normal. Going to Regent just increases the chances that firms will view you as weird and not worth the risk. My recommendation would be limit debt by going to your state university. It really won't matter for law school admissions, but it can most certainly have an effect when it comes to legal hiring.