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Which Degree is more reputable when applying to Law School?

Casey2889Casey2889 Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
edited March 2007 in Law School
Assuming the same GPA/LSAT's at each of the following schools, which degree would be most impressive to law schools:

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Southern California
New York University
George Washington University
Northwestern University

You can rank them in list form or just pick one or two out. I'm a senior in HS choosing colleges right now and I'd like to see what some people think. Thanks so much.
Post edited by Casey2889 on

Replies to: Which Degree is more reputable when applying to Law School?

  • Mr PayneMr Payne Registered User Posts: 8,850 Senior Member
    Those degrees are all from reputable institutions, so I doubt there would be any perceptible difference.
  • NUGrad5555NUGrad5555 Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    maybe i am biased, but one school strikes me as being quite different than rest

    w.e. measure you use, NU is clearly the best one out of those choices. It has the highest SAT average, is ranked the highest in a variety of categories, has the highest grad placement among those schools. NU is clearly the winner!
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    Here are undergrad representation numbers I found for various law schools:

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 23
    University of Southern California 13
    New York University 20
    George Washington University 10
    Northwestern University 20

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 5
    University of Southern California 5
    New York University 3
    George Washington University 0
    Northwestern University 7

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 9
    University of Southern California 3
    New York University 9
    George Washington University 9
    Northwestern University 10

    Top 10 Undergraduate college of Chicago Law class of 2006
    1. University of Chicago (9)
    2. Duke (7)
    2. Northwestern (7)
    4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (6)
    4. Yale (6)
    4. Columbia (6)
    7. UC Berkeley (5)
    7. UCLA (5)
    7. Harvard (5)
    7. Dartmouth (5)
    7. Penn (5)
    7. Washington Univ. in St. Louis (5)
    7. University of Michigan (5)

    Don't forget to consider the size of the undergad population when looking at the numbers above:
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 25,555
    University of Southern California 16,729
    New York University 20,965
    George Washington University 10,761
    Northwestern University 8,023
  • LaxAttack09LaxAttack09 - Posts: 2,183 Senior Member
    Undergrad doesn't mean anything. Hate to break it to ya but as long as you go to like a top 150 school it's not gonna make much of a difference unless you're at HYSP
  • Student615Student615 Registered User Posts: 1,885 Senior Member
    The difference would be imperceptible enough that I would advise you to leave law school out of the mix and pick whichever school remains the best fit. The place that gets you into the best law school will be the place at which you do the best, and this will likely be the place at which you're happiest. Good luck :-)
  • massguymassguy Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    This isn't how a law school admissions officer would think, so its not a particularly useful question.

    At this point, they would also look at the choice of major, quality of the intellectual capabilities and school involvements, as well as the letters of recommendation from professors who can speak to the engagement of the student.

    All of the schools you listed might be chosen by a student for various reasons. Maybe one gave more scholarship money. Michigan would be the choice of someone who got in-state tution.

    So all things are never equal, and the perceived impression of a name brand isn't seen without an answer to the more important question: What did the student do while they were there?
  • Casey2889Casey2889 Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
    thanks guys, that was pretty helpful. im waiting to hear from georgetown, cornell and northwestern. as of now, i have to say i am leaning towards Michigan. their poli-sci program is rated #3 in the US behind stanford and harvard.
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