Berkeley full price or UCLA with scholarship ?


Meli
Hi everyone,
I am a French-Canadian law student and I have been admitted to UCLA (with a 30k scholarship) and Berkeley (with no scholarship). My law interests are international/comparative/human rights law. I know that Berkeley's ranking is better than UCLA, however I am wondering if the 30k price difference is really worth it... My objective is not necessarily to stay in the US after, but mainly to have a international/renown LLM degree and to research about migration and human trafficking/forced labour during my LLM. Both programs seem to have great clinics/courses about this topic, so I am wondering if there is really a plus-value in terms of recognition or employability by going to Berkeley at full price instead of UCLA with a scholarship.

Thank you !!

[Edited by Meli on Mar 10, 2018]

Hi everyone,
I am a French-Canadian law student and I have been admitted to UCLA (with a 30k scholarship) and Berkeley (with no scholarship). My law interests are international/comparative/human rights law. I know that Berkeley's ranking is better than UCLA, however I am wondering if the 30k price difference is really worth it... My objective is not necessarily to stay in the US after, but mainly to have a international/renown LLM degree and to research about migration and human trafficking/forced labour during my LLM. Both programs seem to have great clinics/courses about this topic, so I am wondering if there is really a plus-value in terms of recognition or employability by going to Berkeley at full price instead of UCLA with a scholarship.

Thank you !!
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blink182
Both are big names. Take a look at the strength of the faculty at both schools and how supportive they'll be of you. Who has the best profs in trafficking and labours law? Also, look at the strengths of the career resources too.
Both are big names. Take a look at the strength of the faculty at both schools and how supportive they'll be of you. Who has the best profs in trafficking and labours law? Also, look at the strengths of the career resources too.
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PeddyKa
Same
Problem here!
Same
Problem here!
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A$AP Legal
I agree with blink182. From my perception UCLA has a stronger academic profile in human rights etc which might also apply to your particular interests.

My feeling is also that the difference in rankings is definitely not worth a 30k price difference. UCLA is definitely an internationally renown law school that has recently gained momentum climbing the ranking ladder. Thus, the supposed gap appears to be narrowing down.
I agree with blink182. From my perception UCLA has a stronger academic profile in human rights etc which might also apply to your particular interests.

My feeling is also that the difference in rankings is definitely not worth a 30k price difference. UCLA is definitely an internationally renown law school that has recently gained momentum climbing the ranking ladder. Thus, the supposed gap appears to be narrowing down.
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yentl_582
I agree - the difference in ranking is not worth 30k. UCLA and Berkeley are not very far apart in terms of standing. Think about it this way: it'll be 30k less that you'll have to worry about after your LLM, when you start working.
I agree - the difference in ranking is not worth 30k. UCLA and Berkeley are not very far apart in terms of standing. Think about it this way: it'll be 30k less that you'll have to worry about after your LLM, when you start working.
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Meli
Thank you guys !! your insights are very helpful
Thank you guys !! your insights are very helpful
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A$AP Legal
Exactly, putting money into perspective makes sense at this point. 30k roughly equals the price tag for the basic version of a Tesla 3 (might work as a unit of account in California).
Exactly, putting money into perspective makes sense at this point. 30k roughly equals the price tag for the basic version of a Tesla 3 (might work as a unit of account in California).
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[Super-cynic ON] Always remember that everyone here might have an incentive to persuade you to choose a lower-ranked law school, either to make space for themselves, or to make themselves feel better about their choicea and acceptances/rejections.

[Super-cynic OFF] Yeah, I'd probably take UCLA on a 30k. It's close though, and I'd surely choose Berkeley if the difference was less (like 15k).
[Super-cynic ON] Always remember that everyone here might have an incentive to persuade you to choose a lower-ranked law school, either to make space for themselves, or to make themselves feel better about their choicea and acceptances/rejections.

[Super-cynic OFF] Yeah, I'd probably take UCLA on a 30k. It's close though, and I'd surely choose Berkeley if the difference was less (like 15k).
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